Assessment and Testing

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Performance-Based Test for Teachers Rolls Out

The new exam, which at least seven states will soon start using, is seen as the teacher education field's response to criticism of university-based preparation programs. (December 2, 2013)

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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Though more breakdowns likely are inevitable given online testing's relatively new place in schools, the ability to protect the validity, integrity, and security of the process is increasingly crucial.
September 30, 2013 - Education Week
Leading nations integrate several aspects of schooling simultaneously, a holistic approach to pre-K-16 education that the United States should consider, writes Helen Janc Malone.
September 30, 2013 - Education Week
Data for the class of 2013 show slight gains for Hispanic and African-American students. The number of test-takers, meanwhile, declined slightly from the prior year.
September 26, 2013 - Education Week
States are considering a range of options now that the U.S. Department of Education has offered flexibility on giving their own tests or field tests of new assessments aligned to the common core.
September 19, 2013 - Education Week
September 17, 2013 - Education Week
Language translations and a read-aloud option are among the accommodations approved by the Smarter Balanced group.
September 13, 2013 - Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan threatens to sanction the state if it follows through on a proposal to suspend most accountability testing for one year and rely on common-core-aligned field tests instead.
September 10, 2013 | Updated: September 18, 2013 - Education Week
September 10, 2013 - Education Week
Ensuring the authenticity of student work is an area of intense scrutiny for online course providers, which must determine if students are getting too much help from parents or others.
September 10, 2013 - Education Week
September 10, 2013 - Education Week

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