Resistance to Testing
Assessment How Two Years of Pandemic Disruption Could Shake Up the Debate Over Standardized Testing
Moves to opt out of state tests and change how they're given threaten to reignite fights over high-stakes assessments.
Assessment Video Deep Dive Discussion: Assessment and Testing
In this half-hour discussion, Education Week veteran reporter Catherine Gewertz facilitates a conversation with school and district-level leaders around testing. Among the issues tackled: the pressure to reduce testing, federal accountability around testing, and alignment. Catherine Gewertz is a reporter covering assessment and pathways from the middle grades to high school and beyond. Since joining Education Week in 1999, she has been the lead common-core reporter and has covered urban schools.
Assessment Opinion Does ESSA Actually Require 95% Participation on State Assessments?
While the ESSA unquestionably requires the states to administer yearly assessments in mathematics and reading, it does not actually require 95% student participation on those tests. Instead, as currently written, it requires 95% student participation on some other, completely different set of nonexistent assessments. Congress might want to consider hiring a few more proofreaders.
Every Student Succeeds Act States With High 'Opt Out' Rates Brace for Possible Penalties
The U.S. Department of Education hasn't decided how to penalize states where large numbers of students have opted-out of annual tests.
Standards Leaders in N.Y. Flip-Flop on Common Core, Opt-Outs
Pressure stemming from the testing opt-out movement has led to some heated debate in the Empire State involving standards and the use of student scores in teacher evaluations.
Every Student Succeeds Act Opt-Out Activists Aim to Build on Momentum in States
Though testing mandates remain under ESSA, those aiming to rein in assessments say the new law's flexibility for states may work to their advantage.
Education Funding State Tests Due Fresh Scrutiny as Peer Review Relaunches
The U.S. Department of Education has relaunched one of the most powerful tools it wields over states' academic standards and assessments: the "peer review" process that had been suspended for three years.
Federal When Students Opt Out, What Are the Policy Implications?
The opt-out movement has an impact on K-12 accountability, but it's complicated, write researchers Jessica K. Beaver and Lucas Westmaas.