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)

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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.

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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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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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Early results suggest the new state policy, which targets the 100 lowest-performing elementary schools in the Sunshine State, may be paying off.
January 22, 2014 - Education Week
After more than two years of investigations by both the state and the school district, 138 Philadelphia educators have been implicated in test score cheating, according to information given to the School Reform Commission.
January 21, 2014 - Education Week
The steep competition over test scores in China has taken a toll on students' physical and mental health, write Xu Zhao, Helen Haste, and Robert L. Sherman.
January 21, 2014 - Education Week
Using a miniversion of the Program for International Student Assessment can be a powerful tool in understanding the factors that have an impact on school performance, writes Jack Dale.
January 7, 2014 - Education Week
Don't listen to PISA critics, writes Eric A. Hanushek, who argues that the stagnation of American students' scores on the international assessment is cause for serious concern about schools and the nation's economic future.
January 7, 2014 - Education Week
January 6, 2014 - Education Week
Teachers are paying close attention to their students' academic well-being, contrary to the image painted by Arne Duncan and those who take the U.S. PISA results out of context, write father and son educators Robert and David Weintraub.
January 6, 2014 - Education Week
Among the 21 cities in the latest Trial Urban District Assessment, only a handful made significant gains in reading and math from 2011 to 2013.
December 18, 2013 | Updated: January 9, 2014 - Education Week
The push by the assessment consortia to establish high targets for when students are deemed "college ready" risks causing a steep drop in test-takers' results.
December 10, 2013 - Education Week
One of the groups building common-core assessments is enacting a process to ensure that tech products are compatible with the tests, including certification of devices in exchange for an annual fee.
December 10, 2013 - Education Week

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