Special Report: Student Testing: What's Next

How Schools Are Making Assessments Better, More Relevant, and Less Stressful

Change is bubbling in the assessment world. Common standards are reshaping standardized tests. New federal laws are causing states to ramp up tests for English-language learners. Formative assessments are going digital, and students are being encouraged to create their own assessments to show what they’ve learned. This special report provides a snapshot of these developments and others in the changing field of assessment.

Student Testing: What's Next


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A range of forces—including common standards, a new federal education law, and digital innovation—are bringing change to the field of student testing.
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An experimental network of Virginia schools is letting students devise projects to demonstrate what they've learned.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week

School districts and researchers are searching for ways to help students cope with test anxiety and other schooling stresses.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week

A handful of the 18 states that have adopted the Next-Generation Science Standards are using assessments meant to reflect the standards' deeper, more inquiry-based approach to science.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week

Some experts and educators argue that better assessments are needed to determine whether students have the necessary skills to succeed in the workplace.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week

A survey added to the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery aims to match test-takers to jobs based on interest, rather than personality.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week

The SAT’s long dominance in college admission testing has slipped, but it’s still a horse race, according to experts.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week

Spurred by changes in federal law, states are ramping up and revising English-proficiency testing for students who don't yet communicate fluently in English.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week

Sales are growing for products that help teachers figure out whether students are "getting it" in class—and how educators should change instruction accordingly.
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