Assessment and Testing

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Test-takers in Ohio performed significantly worse when taking exams on tablets.
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Digital Device Choices Could Impact Common-Core Test Results, Studies Finding

Some test questions are likely harder to answer on tablets than on laptop or desktop computers, presenting a new challenge as states move to online assessments. (July 19, 2016)

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We should not use assessments as the ceiling of our students’ learning, but rather as stepping-stones to help our students become their very best, says middle school teacher Farida Mama.
November 6, 2015 – Teacher
Twenty-one city school districts took park in NAEP testing in 2015. Of those, only the District of Columbia saw improvements in both reading and math for both grades 4 and 8.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
A variety of culprits are being cited as the cause of a sudden drop in NAEP scores, but experts recommend caution.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
The first national study of online charter schools found that the schools generate dramatically weaker academic growth than their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
We need systemic policies that press for academic growth of all students, write Chester E. Finn and Brandon L. Wright.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
Jonathon Plucker and Matthew Makel discuss why people are reluctant to have education studies replicated, and emphasize why replication is so important.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
New principles aim to bolster states and districts in reducing the number of tests students take, while assuring high-quality assessments.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
An in-depth review of testing in the nation's largest urban school districts concludes assessments are redundant, misaligned with standards, and often don’t address mastery of specific content.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
Testing data should be used as a tool to enhance instruction and learning for teachers and students, writes John Hattie.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
The most vocal teacher-educators are propagating the misperception that everything in the profession can be quantified, writes Christina Berchini.
October 21, 2015 – Education Week

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