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The Education Week Spotlight on Assessment is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on how the pandemic is challenging educators’ ability to test for achievement, how teachers can reduce cheating in virtual environments, and how student test scores are projected to predict future learning losses resulting from school closures.

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Assessment How to Prevent Student Cheating During Remote Learning: 4 Tips
Academic cheating is a big problem in virtual learning environments, but educators can discourage and prevent it.
Alyson Klein, August 25, 2020
5 min read
Assessment Will the 2021 Nation's Report Card Be Another Coronavirus Casualty?
The congressionally mandated tests dubbed the "Nation's Report Card," have measured the progress of U.S. students in reading and math for five decades, come fire, flood, and budget cuts. But the combination of a global pandemic and nationwide economic instability could throw off the 2021 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 23, 2020
4 min read
Education COVID-Related Learning Loss Will Hit Younger Students Differently
New research suggests schools will need to target interventions differently to help students in different grades and subjects recover from pandemic disruption.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 26, 2020
2 min read
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Assessment Standardized Testing and COVID-19: 4 Questions Answered
The pandemic disrupted standardized at state and national levels this spring. Here’s what education leaders need to know about continued disruptions and infection risks posed by testing.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 9, 2020
8 min read
Education Opinion Why Should We Allow Students to Retake Assessments?
After Tom Guskey appeared on Education Week's web show A Seat at the Table, where he talked about grading and assessment, educators on social media asked follow-up questions about Guskey's philosophy on retakes. Here's his answer.
Peter DeWitt, July 6, 2020
6 min read
Teaching Opinion Strategies for Grading ELLs in Content Classes
Five educators share suggestions for grading English-language learners in "mainstream" content classes, including emphasizing formative assessments and separating language proficiency from content knowledge.
Larry Ferlazzo, June 29, 2020
16 min read
Education Opinion Assessments and Grading in the Midst of a Pandemic
Many teachers struggle with how to assess learning during the coronavirus crisis. Here are a few important aspects to think about and a few ways to meet your grading needs.
Peter DeWitt, April 13, 2020
5 min read