Assessment and Testing

The latest news about assessment, including articles, Commentary, and special features.

Map: The National K-12 Testing Landscape

See the results of Education Week’s 50-state reporting project on states' testing plans. (November 6, 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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Below is a College Board summary of the current and redesigned exam, and an Education Week analysis providing relevant material in the Common Core State Standards.
April 8, 2014 - Education Week
A business group says Massachusetts risks growing complacent in its academic status if state officials don't make fundamental changes in school autonomy, funding, and other areas.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
Before student assessments are used to judge teacher quality, it's critical to assess whether the tests are well-designed for the task, a group of psychometricians writes.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
A sample of English-learners and students with disabilities in California scored better when parts of the NAEP reading-comprehension test were read aloud to them.
March 25, 2014 - Education Week
If the common-core standards are to succeed, the deeper learning and thinking they promote must be adopted by teachers, as well as students, writes David Ruenzel.
March 25, 2014 - Education Week
Advocacy groups argue the federal decision to let California bump accountability decisions to 2016 could jeopardize moves affecting key student subgroups.
March 25, 2014 - Education Week
More than 4 million students in 36 states and the District of Columbia will take near-final versions of the math and English/language arts tests between March 24 and June 6.
March 21, 2014 | Updated: March 27, 2014 - Education Week
Educators gathered recently for training on how to size up instructional resources for possible inclusion in a digital library that a common-core testing consortium is developing.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
Sound assessments are integral to good teaching and learning, but they must not be used beyond their technical limits, writes Madhabi Chatterji.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
Critics of high-stakes testing believe having parents refuse to let their children take assessments could force policymakers to take note of their cause.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week

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