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)

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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November 12, 2013 - Education Week
November 12, 2013 - Education Week
A new study finds that effective educators help their new students learn more. But the problem is, many are reluctant to transfer to another school.
November 7, 2013 - Education Week
A few jurisdictions are seeing big gains in 4th and 8th grade math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but results still lag for some states and student groups.
November 7, 2013 - Education Week
A Brookings Institution analysis says the cost impact would be limited if only a few states dropped out of the groups developing tests aligned with the common core.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
Some built-in student accommodations for the common-core tests being developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will be unavailable during spring 2014 field tests.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
As states move to common-core exams, many students at first will take paper-and-pencil assessments, raising questions about educational equity and the comparability of results.
October 29, 2013 - Education Week
October 29, 2013 - Education Week
For students with special needs, English-learners, gifted students, and others beyond the mainstream, educators have to work harder to make new standards fit.
October 28, 2013 - Education Week
Pedagogically, the common-core standards are already akin to gifted education but teachers will still need guidance on how to differentiate them for the most able learners.
October 28, 2013 - Education Week

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