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

Performance Assessments Push Students to Work Harder
Teachers, especially math teachers, need to ask an analogous question of their students. We understand what students need to know, we ought to partner with them in figuring out a reason why they should know it. This might be because they need to present it to a fellow student. Or it might be because the solution can help make the world a better place.
August 26, 2015 - Prove It: Math and Education Policy

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