Spotlight on Assessment 2016

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The Education Week Spotlight on Assessment is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Eliminating redundant tests and assessments
  • Improving on-the-spot assessments and instructional decisions in the classroom
  • Enhancing the formative learning process through self-assessment
  • Using assessments to help students reach their full potential

You get the eight articles below in a downloadable PDF.

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

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

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

Ask five teachers what formative assessment is and you're likely to get five different definitions.
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

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

When it comes to measuring student ability, not everything that counts can be counted, argues education professor James Nehring.
August 26, 2015 – Education Week

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