Every Student Succeeds Act Report Roundup

Testing

By Sarah D. Sparks — March 11, 2019 1 min read

As states develop new testing and accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act, a report by the think tank National Education Policy Center offers guidance to prevent misuse of tests.

Before adopting a new test, the report recommends that policymakers lay out all the ways they intend to use the test data, and set up safeguards to avoid “multipurposing a test in ways that exceed a test’s declared purposes or reported evidence.”

It also calls for policymakers to seek and provide expert reviews of the validity and reliability of both standard academic tests and non-academic measures before incorporating either assessment for accountability systems.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 13, 2019 edition of Education Week as Testing

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