Assessment and Testing

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

What Tests Does Each State Require?

Education Week's latest annual state survey reveals subtle shifts this year in the national testing landscape. (February 15, 2017)

Spotlight on Formative Assessment

In this Spotlight, learn about varying definitions of formative assessment, how schools are giving students opportunities to self-assess, and how school districts are building teachers' formative assessment skills.

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The U.S. Education Department says the states need more evidence to use the popular admissions test to measure high school achievement.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
Some already are proposing tight timelines to meet their state-determined goals under the Every Student Succeeds Act, while others worry about boxing themselves in.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
Thanks to a little-noticed ESSA provision, many schools are losing subsidies that once defrayed the testing costs for needy students.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
The latest PISA results showed that high-scoring 15-year-olds were more likely than low scorers to have had at least a year of preschool.
January 11, 2017 – Education Week
School finance formulas and implementation of the new federal education law are among the issues on the agenda as 50 state legislatures get to work for their 2017 sessions.
January 11, 2017 – Education Week
A limited program built into the Every Student Succeeds Act offers a handful of states the chance to develop innovative assessments, but the process is off to a slow start.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Educators welcome the Every Student Succeeds Act's lighter federal reins on testing, but want to make sure those tests still do what they need to do.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Here's a concise guide to key school accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act, including how states and districts handle teacher evaluation, gauge school progress, and fix their lowest-performing schools.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Response to intervention has come a long way from its origins in special education law—but not without some bumps along the way.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
An initiative to embed a new instructional model in more than half the state's elementary and secondary schools has met with some successes—and some "false starts."
December 14, 2016 – Education Week

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