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Accountability Opinion What Should School Accountability Look Like in a Time of COVID-19?
Remote learning is not like in person, and after nine months of it, data are revealing how harmful COVID-19 has been to children's learning.
Peter DeWitt, January 10, 2021
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Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks after being introduced at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 23, 2020.
Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks after being introduced at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 23, 2020.
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Federal Where Biden's Choice for Education Secretary Stands on Key K-12 Issues
Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, Biden's pick for education secretary, has taken positions on an array of K-12 issues.
Evie Blad, December 22, 2020
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Illustration of students in virus environment facing wave of test sheets.
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Assessment Opinion Testing Students This Spring Would Be a Mistake
High-stakes tests would tell us very little we can't know in other ways, writes a longtime assessment researcher.
Lorrie A. Shepard, December 16, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of news stories you may have missed.
March 3, 2020
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Recruitment & Retention What the Research Says Eliminating High-Stakes Testing May Not Lessen Most Teacher Turnover
For many teachers, high-stakes testing is a major source of frustration—but they're not necessarily quitting over it.
Madeline Will, February 25, 2020
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Assessment Opinion It's Time to End Timed Tests
The research is clear that speed doesn't reflect intelligence, writes Alden S. Blodget.
Alden S. Blodget, September 30, 2019
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School & District Management Opinion There Is Rampant Distrust in Education. Here's How to Fix That
Is it possible to replace a culture of long-simmering distrust? Only if education leaders make some serious changes, writes Katherine Schultz.
Katherine Schultz, June 19, 2019
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Assessment Math Scores Slide to a 20-Year Low on ACT
The continuing decline in math achievement comes even as fewer students are taking the college-readiness exam.
Catherine Gewertz, October 17, 2018
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Assessment Conn. Stumbles in Quest to Use SAT as Achievement Test
The state's closely watched bid falls shy of full approval from federal reviewers.
Catherine Gewertz, September 19, 2018
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Assessment Was the SAT Leaked? Six Questions Answered
Rumors are circulating that the exam reused questions from a test given in Asia last fall. Here's what you need to know.
Catherine Gewertz, September 19, 2018
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Special Education Suit Targets ACT on Student Privacy
The lawsuit alleges that the testmaker "stigmatizes" student with disabilities by flagging their test scores for colleges.
Catherine Gewertz, August 21, 2018
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Assessment Opinion We All Need to Get Smarter About Testing
What is “assessment literacy,” and why should we all care about it? Testing expert W. James Popham explains.
W. James Popham, July 31, 2018
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Every Student Succeeds Act States Slow to Adopt ESSA's Testing Flexibility
Two years after the Every Student Succeeds Act passed, few seem eager to let districts give a nationally recognized college entrance exam in place of the state assessment for high school accountability.
Alyson Klein, January 17, 2018
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Dobbs Elementary School in Atlanta was the epicenter of a 2007-2008 test cheating scandal that sunk the careers of dozens of educators and altered the education of tens of thousands of students. The plaque bears the name of Beverly Hall, the former superintendent, who was accused of being the ringleader of the cheating conspiracy, a charge she denied. Hall died in 2015 before standing trial.
Dobbs Elementary School in Atlanta was the epicenter of a 2007-2008 test cheating scandal that sunk the careers of dozens of educators and altered the education of tens of thousands of students. The plaque bears the name of Beverly Hall, the former superintendent, who was accused of being the ringleader of the cheating conspiracy, a charge she denied. Hall died in 2015 before standing trial.
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Law & Courts A Cheating Scandal Rocked Atlanta. Efforts to Help Affected Students Still Fall Short
After the largest cheating scandal in U.S. history, the district attempts to give extra support to some students who were impacted.
Corey Mitchell, December 18, 2017
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