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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Summit High School in Oregon is experimenting with a mix of new technologies to build teacher-student feedback loops that help personalize instruction.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
The initiative is billed as an effort to level the playing field for disadvantaged young people by providing an array of free, high-quality resources.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
The College Board seeks to more closely connect its exam to work students do in rigorous high school courses. The plans also offer strong common-core echoes.
March 7, 2014 - Education Week
As teachers transition to common standards, experts say they may need to take on more of a "teacher- researcher" role in the classroom.
March 5, 2014 - Teacher
James W. Pellegrino, an expert on cognitive science and psychometrics, offers his views on what's next in educational assessment and how it will change teaching and learning.
March 5, 2014 - Teacher
Veteran high school mathematics teacher Alison Wright dissects the common-core-aligned assessments being developed by the national consortia.
March 5, 2014 - Teacher
The idea that a standardized assessment can measure something so broad and nebulous as "critical thinking" or "college readiness" or "teacher efficacy" should be given up entirely, says high school English teacher Ilana Garon.
March 5, 2014 - Teacher
A school district in southwestern Oregon is making a concerted effort to ensure the data its teachers collect and analyze prominently include samples of students' discursive writing.
March 5, 2014 - Teacher
Looking for better ways to measure the "deeper learning" goals of the common standards, schools are increasingly turning to formalized performance tasks.
March 4, 2014 - Teacher
The corporate model of schooling relies on the unreasonable idea that higher test scores reflect improvements in education, writes Michael V. McGill.
March 4, 2014 - Education Week

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