Assessment and Testing

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Students at Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River, Vt., stream into the school's computer lab, where they are field-testing the Smarter Balanced online exams. Children in grades 3-11 are taking part in the testing.
—Caleb Kenna for Education Week

Early Reports Suggest Few Field-Testing Snags

Districts in the trial run for common-core exams told Education Week they experienced only minor technological problems, but students found the tests harder than their state assessments. (May 5, 2014)

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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June 3, 2014 - Education Week
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
At a time when more states are moving to retain struggling students in lower grades, research shows that such efforts are counterproductive, Deborah Stipek and Michael Lombardo say.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
A common-core enthusiast, Carol Lloyd, questions the assessment after her daughter takes it.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
A 50-state survey by Education Week finds that the shared exams being developed by two assessment consortia are losing sway as more states pursue their own paths.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
More states are mandating principal evaluations, but there is uncertainty about the best ways to measure effectiveness and how much weight to give student performance.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
See the results of Education Week’s 50-state reporting project on states' testing plans for 2014-15.
May 19, 2014 | Updated: June 12, 2014 - Education Week
Results from the first administration of the national exam, which is focused on assessing problem-solving skills, will arrive in 2016.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
A pair of researchers have published a controversial book reigniting the long-running debate over academic achievement in public vs. private schools.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
A survey finds teachers and administrators are looking more favorably than they did two years ago on the amount of time spent on testing and test prep.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week

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