Assessment and Testing

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Test-takers in Ohio performed significantly worse when taking exams on tablets.
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Digital Device Choices Could Impact Common-Core Test Results, Studies Finding

Some test questions are likely harder to answer on tablets than on laptop or desktop computers, presenting a new challenge as states move to online assessments. (July 19, 2016)

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The new PreACT test is a multicple-choice test designed to prepare 10th graders for the ACT college-entrance exam.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
Which states are giving PARCC, Smarter Balanced, SAT, or ACT? Which require exit exams? This interactive chart shows the results of a national survey of states' assessment programs in math and English/language arts for 2015-16.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week
The common core's impact on student achievement in states may have peaked early and now appears to be tapering off, argues a new analysis of NAEP scores.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
As state leaders look ahead to ESSA implementation, the common standards offer key insight, writes Thomas J. Kane.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week
Different education tests are built with different purposes. So why are we using them interchangeably? asks W. James Popham.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week
An Education Week survey of every state finds that only 21 still plan to use the shared tests designed for the Common Core State Standards.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week
The federal Education Department is using an up-close-and-in-person process in crafting some rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act, including for assessments and "supplement-not-supplant" requirements.
March 16, 2016 – Education Week
March 16, 2016 – Education Week
Anne Jolly presents strategies that she believes could improve the quality of STEM lessons and ensure successful learning, while offering guidelines for assessments.
March 14, 2016 – Teacher
Ill-timed glitches in the administration of online assessments have spurred lawmakers in several states to push bills that would crack down on testing companies.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week

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