Assessment and Testing

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Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass., review a PARCC practice test to get acquainted with the format before field-testing the computer-based assessments last March. Massachusetts, like most states, is transitioning to common-core tests this year.
—Gretchen Ertl for Education Week-File

Big Year Looms for Common-Core Testing

This is the academic year when nearly every state must give assessments aligned to their "college- and career-ready" standards. But there are questions about how well those tests will measure mastery of the standards. (September 3, 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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Federal waivers from key mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act have undergone numerous changes. This interactive timeline tracks those twists and turns and includes a glossary of key terms.
August 18, 2014 - Education Week
Nowhere has the conflict surrounding the Common Core State Standards been more protracted, high-profile, and complicated than in Louisiana.
August 13, 2014 - Education Week
As the Education Department prepares to release new guidance on its peer-review process for standards and assessments, educators and testmakers worry how their systems will be judged under the new criteria.
August 5, 2014 - Education Week
August 5, 2014 - Education Week
Despite heated resistance and high-profile bills, states' academic guidelines may still look a lot like the Common Core State Standards.
July 30, 2014 - Education Week
At their respective conventions in July, the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers often echoed one another.
July 25, 2014 - Education Week
Schools get better, more useful information from performance assessments and collaboration than from standardized exams, Greg Jouriles says.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants the state to jettison tests aligned with the common core, but the state schools chief and school board are balking.
July 3, 2014 - Education Week
Many states are moving to delay or alter test-based accountability for schools and teachers, as tests associated with the Common Core State Standards head for debut nationwide.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
The $810 million in revenues that ed-tech companies generated from various aspects of digital assessment more than offset declines in the LMS and productivity-tools sectors.
June 9, 2014 - Education Week

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