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Tiffany Mungin, a graduating student from East Side Community High School, presents a long-term research project about U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War to David Vazquez, principal at the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists, left, and Ben Wides, a 12th grade history teacher at East Side Community High School in New York.
—Mark Abramson for Education Week

N.Y.C. High School Strives for 'Authentic' Assessment

East Side Community High School is among 48 New York schools where students complete projects to graduate—rather than take the state test. (July 17, 2015)

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Starting in 2017, students who take the national assessment will be asked to answer background questions on the noncognitive factors that affect their social and academic success.
June 2, 2015 - Education Week
Raising standards should be about helping students achieve them over time, not condemning students to failure, argues Randi Weingarten.
June 1, 2015 - Education Week
Revisions approved Wednesday by the assessment consortium cut 90 minutes off next year's test and shift it to later in the school year.
May 21, 2015 - Education Week
Some 42,000 highly trained raters will score 109 million test responses in English/language arts and math in the biggest and most controversial student-assessment project in history.
May 19, 2015 - Education Week
Sir Ken Robinson shares his thoughts on student engagement and testing, the future of teacher education programs, and why vocational education matters.
May 19, 2015 - Education Week
As most states shift their required tests to computers, teachers are discovering that their students are missing key technical skills to show what they know.
May 12, 2015 - Education Week
Testing can be an incredibly useful tool, says teacher Wendi Pillars. She shares three ways teachers and students can embrace testing to improve learning.
May 12, 2015 - Teacher
A statewide reading initiative begun 17 years ago in Alabama is credited with raising reading scores and narrowing racial achievement gaps in one of the nation’s poorest states.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
A Hechinger Report examination found that, despite the controversy, few students or teachers will be much affected by the result of this spring’s common-core-aligned tests.
May 6, 2015 - Education Week
The current approach to standardized testing creates unnecessary work for everyone, writes teacher John Troutman McCrann. He says it's time for a more efficient approach to collecting data.
May 6, 2015 - Teacher

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