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)

Spotlight on Assessment in the ESSA Era

In this Spotlight, read about ESSA’s impact on interim assessments, the opt-out movement, and learn how teachers are adding purpose to their assessments.

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The 2014-15 school year marked a big change for many states because they switched to tests that for the first time reflect the Common Core State Standards.
November 16, 2015 – Education Week
Watch how formative-assessment techniques play out in the classroom.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
What is the difference between formative and interim assessments? This chart provides a guide for distinguishing different kinds of student assessments.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Ask five teachers what formative assessment is and you're likely to get five different definitions.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Richard J. Stiggins, an advocate of classroom assessments in the service of learning, identifies common misunderstandings about formative assessment.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Experts warn against grading formative assessments, but teachers sometimes worry that students won't take the tasks seriously any other way.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
PARCC and Smarter Balanced have formative assessments that enable teachers to see if students 'get it' long before the tests.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
In a growing number of schools, student self-assessments are just another part of the learning process.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
In the Grand Canyon State, teachers are getting a leg up in their efforts to improve the on-the-spot assessments and instructional decisions they make in the classroom.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
In Denver and elsewhere, learning progressions offer one tool teachers can use in the formative-assessment process.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week

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