Assessing Students This Fall: Focus on the Classroom
Academic assessments are a staple of K-12, from the classroom on up to the state level. But this year, as students return to their studies, both online and in-person, after a disrupted spring, experts are advising educators to use special care in handling testing. Most are urging schools to use standardized tests sparingly, and only for appropriate, actionable purposes. They’re also advising an emphasis on informal, classroom-based tests, since they are the best tools to adjust instruction to meet students’ needs.