Assessment and Testing

The latest news about assessment, including articles, Commentary, and special features.

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Performance-Based Test for Teachers Rolls Out

The new exam, which at least seven states will soon start using, is seen as the teacher education field's response to criticism of university-based preparation programs. (December 2, 2013)

Spotlight on Assessment

Assessment is complicated in both practical and policy terms, raising myriad questions of how to best gauge student learning. This Spotlight looks at how schools and experts are approaching assessment.

Spotlight on ELL Assessment & Teaching

Teaching English-language learners is a complex endeavor that more and more schools are facing. This Spotlight examines assessment and instruction in the everyday world of ELLs and their schools.

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Assessment

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Creating Effective Classroom Assessments
In this webinar, Stuart R. Kahl, Ph.D., Deborah Farrington, M.Ed., and Ellen Vorenkamp, Ed.D., focused on the three key elements of creating effective classroom assessment, and how to build teacher capacity in each.

Common Assessments: What You Need to Know
Two groups of states aim to move past multiple-choice-only tests to include essays, projects, and other tasks designed to gauge deeper, more complex learning

PD Directory

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Assessment/Testing

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American 15-year-olds scored above average among the 44 nations taking part in a new test designed to measure creative problem-solving skills.
April 15, 2014 - Education Week
Indiana education officials are trying to find a balance between preparing students for a new statewide test and overloading them with assessments as Indiana moves forward as the first state to drop the Common Core education standards.
April 14, 2014 - AP
Just 18 of the 42 states with No Child Left Behind Act waivers seized the opportunity to use a wider array of measures to track how well schools are doing.
April 10, 2014 - Education Week
Below is a College Board summary of the current and redesigned exam, and an Education Week analysis providing relevant material in the Common Core State Standards.
April 8, 2014 - Education Week
A business group says Massachusetts risks growing complacent in its academic status if state officials don't make fundamental changes in school autonomy, funding, and other areas.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
Before student assessments are used to judge teacher quality, it's critical to assess whether the tests are well-designed for the task, a group of psychometricians writes.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
A sample of English-learners and students with disabilities in California scored better when parts of the NAEP reading-comprehension test were read aloud to them.
March 25, 2014 - Education Week
If the common-core standards are to succeed, the deeper learning and thinking they promote must be adopted by teachers, as well as students, writes David Ruenzel.
March 25, 2014 - Education Week
Advocacy groups argue the federal decision to let California bump accountability decisions to 2016 could jeopardize moves affecting key student subgroups.
March 25, 2014 - Education Week
More than 4 million students in 36 states and the District of Columbia will take near-final versions of the math and English/language arts tests between March 24 and June 6.
March 21, 2014 | Updated: March 27, 2014 - Education Week

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