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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 teachers are grading students during the coronavirus crisis, the most effective ways to assess group work, and how the digital divide is affecting student exams in a remote era.

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Assessment Grading Students During the Coronavirus Crisis: What's the Right Call?
Schools are wrestling with how to handle grading in a remote learning environment when not all students have reliable access to resources.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 1, 2020
11 min read
Teaching Profession When Teachers Are Tough Graders, Students Learn More, Study Says
A new study from the Fordham Institute argues that "the mindset that says 'everybody gets a gold star' does more damage than good."
Madeline Will, February 4, 2020
5 min read
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Assessment How to Assess Group Projects: It's About Content and Teamwork
Group projects founder when students don't work well together. Here's the latest thinking on evaluating students on both content mastery and collaboration skills.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 5, 2019
5 min read
The National Archives building in Washington houses the original Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. Engraved on it is a quote from Shakespeare on the importance of history: “What is past is prologue.”
The National Archives building in Washington houses the original Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. Engraved on it is a quote from Shakespeare on the importance of history: “What is past is prologue.”
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Assessment 8th Graders Don't Know Much About History, National Exam Shows
There was no good news for social studies instruction in the latest national assessment results: 8th graders’ performance plunged in history, dipped in geography, and stayed flat in civics.
9 min read
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Assessment Opinion I Am an AP Teacher. The College Board Failed the COVID-19 Test This Year
The College Board paid lip service to confronting the digital divide, but some students still didn't get a fair shake, writes Mariusz Gałczyński.
Mariusz Galczynski, May 29, 2020
5 min read
Teaching Opinion How to Assess Students' Math Skills Remotely
Two math educators discuss how they are communicating student performance during the school closure crisis, as well as how they are taking care of themselves.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 8, 2020
9 min read