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The Education Week Spotlight on Assessment is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on best assessment practices; research on literacy and mathematics understanding; and overview about what the new administration may bring for educators.

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Griffin Walsh plays Kindville at Newnan Crossing Elementary School in Newnan, Ga. Some schools in the state, including Newnan Crossing, are piloting Kindville, a new formative education assessment program which looks, and plays, just like a video game, but will eventually spit out qualitative math and reading scores.
Griffin Walsh plays Kindville at Newnan Crossing Elementary School in Newnan, Ga. Some schools in the state, including Newnan Crossing, are piloting Kindville, a new formative education assessment program which looks, and plays, just like a video game, but will eventually spit out qualitative math and reading scores.
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Teaching Performance Assessment: 4 Best Practices
This isn't the first time states and schools have turned to projects, portfolios, exhibitions, and essays to measure students' learning. Here are lessons from the last go-around.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 5, 2019
8 min read
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Assessment It's Official: National Test Is Postponed Due to COVID-19 Concerns
The delay of the 2021 NAEP is a missed opportunity to measure students' pandemic-related learning losses, state by state.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 25, 2020
5 min read
 Braydan Finnerty, 2nd grade, chooses letter magnets off the board while doing a spelling exercise in front of the rest of the class at Beverly Gardens Elementary in Dayton, Ohio.
Second grader Braydan Finnerty, chooses letter magnets while doing a spelling exercise in front of his class at Beverly Gardens Elementary in Dayton, Ohio.
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Reading & Literacy Students' Reading Losses Could Strain Schools' Capacity to Help Them Catch Up
Phonemic awareness, letter sounds, and other early reading skills took a big hit during the pandemic, a new study finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 15, 2020
4 min read
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Mathematics Kids Are Behind in Math Because of COVID-19. Here’s What Research Says Could Help
Previous studies can provide a window into why math learning is taking a big hit during the pandemic, and what educators can do about it.
Stephen Sawchuk & Sarah D. Sparks, December 2, 2020
9 min read
President-elect Joe Biden speaks as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris listens during an event in Wilmington, Del., introducing their nominees and appointees to economic policy posts.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris listens during an event in Wilmington, Del., introducing their nominees and appointees to economic policy posts.
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Accountability Could Biden Find a Middle Path on Student Testing During the Pandemic?
Waiving some portions of federal law could help the Biden administration craft a compromise on tests, but pressing questions would remain.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 1, 2020
6 min read
Education Opinion What to Do About Cheating on Assessments in Virtual Learning?
Lots of challenges have arisen in remote teaching and learning during COVID-19, and cheating on tests has been one of them. Guest blogger Tom Guskey explains how to prevent that from happening.
Peter DeWitt, August 30, 2020
4 min read
Assessment Opinion Treat NAEP as a Reality Check, Not an Advocacy Exercise
If we recognize its limits, NAEP can provide a respected baseline for assessing whether states or the nation are making academic progress, grounding our sense of where we are and what we've done.
Rick Hess, November 16, 2020
3 min read