Assessment and Testing

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Meredith Barber, a Penn Valley, Penn., psychologist, has decided that her 10-year-old daughter Gabrielle Schwager will not be taking the state assessments this year.
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'Opt-Out' Push Gains Traction Amid Common-Core Testing

Activists urging parents to opt their children out of tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards hope to build on momentum in states like New York. (May 5, 2015)

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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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

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Testing, teacher evaluations, and A-F grading systems are among the issues as states apply for renewal of flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act.
April 14, 2015 - Education Week
Seventeen school superintendents explain why the ESEA testing mandate should remain in effect for the reauthorization of the law.
April 10, 2015 - Education Week
This primer on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act—the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA—includes information about compliance, proficiency, and waivers; milestones in the law’s history; main criticisms; and resources for further reading.
April 10, 2015 - Education Week
The pressure is on as educators—especially those new to the classroom—toggle between leftover requirements from Tennessee's retired standards and those imposed by the common core.
April 9, 2015 - Education Week
Next spring's round of assessments will be aligned to the Common Core State Standards, but the test-developer's tight time frame poses challenges.
April 9, 2015 - Education Week
Eleven former teachers and administrators were found guilty of racketeering for conspiring to change answers or guide students to correct responses on a 2009 state test.
April 2, 2015 - Education Week
Those seeking to quantify the effect of Title I aid on the achievement of poor children face a number of hurdles stemming from the nature of the program itself.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
A flurry of parents seeking to opt their children out of new common-core-aligned assessments has some states asking federal officials to clarify test-participation mandates.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
School choice, a state-run district, teacher evaluations, and K-12 funding are among the issues facing legislators now in the midst of their biennial session.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
Learning takes time, so rushing children to finish assignments is not the answer, writes speech-language pathologist Rebecca Givens Rolland.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week

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