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Assessment Q&A Q&A: Top NAEP Official Talks About the Future of Nation's Report Card and More
Statistics commissioner Peggy Carr says persistent chronic absenteeism is partly to blame for historically low test scores.
Assessment States Eye Assessment Throughout the Year as Frustration With Standardized Testing Mounts
Some states are working to transition to through-year testing models in an effort to make standardized tests more relevant to educators.
Assessment From Our Research Center Educators Feel Growing Pressure for Students to Perform Well on Standardized Tests
Many say they feel more pressure now than before the pandemic to ensure students perform well on the annual, state-required exams.
Assessment Q&A Picking an Interim Assessment? Do This First, Say School Leaders
Two district leaders explain how they evaluate interim assessments—and why having access to external reviews would be "huge."
English-Language Learners Improving Assessments for English Learners: Advice From Experts
There are better, more accurate ways to gauge English learners' academic progress, researchers say.
Assessment A District Is Happy It Made This Standardized Testing Change
One Mississippi district jumped through hoops to switch to a set of tests its teachers think will help students become independent learners.
Assessment NAEP Results Are Often Politicized. Could Rescheduling It Help?
Administering NAEP in non-election years will shield it from further politicization, the board that oversees it said.
Social Studies Understanding the Sharp Drop in History and Civics NAEP Scores: 4 Things to Know
Knowing about these trends in social studies education helps put the new NAEP results in context.
Social Studies Opinion How To Fix the Shockingly Low NAEP History and Civic Scores
We need more civics and history in literacy lessons and more deliberate literacy instruction in civics and history, argues Susan Pimentel.
Student Achievement History Achievement Falls to 1990s Levels on NAEP; Civics Scores Take First-Ever Dive
Eighth graders' scores in U.S. history and civics dropped on the test known as the “Nation’s Report Card."
Assessment Letter to the Editor State Exams Offer Pathways for Some—Not All—Learners
A parent writes a letter to the editor detailing her child's experience with state exams in New York.
Assessment The Feds Gave States the Chance to Create Better Standardized Tests. There Were Few Takers
While many states were initially excited about the flexibility, they had second thoughts when they looked more closely at the details.
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Equity & Diversity Educational Inequality: 4 Moments in History That Explain Where We Are Today
A new Columbia University report highlights how inequality was embedded in the creation of public education in the United States.