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- Assessment Opinion What Federally Mandated State Tests Are Good For (And What They Aren’t)Spring 2021 testing is happening. That can be a good thing—if the goal is about more than school accountability.Assessment Opinion The National Assessment Governing Board’s Troubling Gag OrderNAGB's recently released restrictions on how its board members can communicate set a troubling precedent.SponsorThis content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.Find out how INVALSI worked with TAO to develop a plan of action that can serve as a model for other education leaders grappling with the...Assessment Biden Administration's Level of Tolerance for Cutting Standardized Tests Comes Into FocusA distinction has grown between states having to make tests available, and districts deciding it's not practical to make students take them.Assessment Opinion Alternatives to Standardized Tests During a Pandemic YearThree educators suggest alternatives to federally mandated standardized testing during this year undercut by COVID-19.Assessment Federal Lawmakers Urge Miguel Cardona to Let States Cancel Tests, Highlighting DiscordA letter from Democratic members to the new education secretary calls for an end to the "flawed" system of annual standardized exams.Assessment How Two Years of Pandemic Disruption Could Shake Up the Debate Over Standardized TestingMoves to opt out of state tests and change how they're given threaten to reignite fights over high-stakes assessments.Assessment A Plan for Standardized Test Scores During the Pandemic Has Gotten States' AttentionA testing expert says his idea would provide helpful data with key context, but said other measures about student well-being are crucial.Assessment Biden's Testing Stance Leaves States Tough Choices. Some May Still Try to Avoid ExamsWhether to give tests in person this spring or even test students next school year instead, education leaders confront a complex path.Assessment States Still Must Give Standardized Tests This Year, Biden Administration AnnouncesBut the administration says it would allow states to give tests in the summer or use partial exams due to challenges related to COVID-19.Assessment Timing of Food Stamps Can Affect Students' Test Scores, Study FindsHungry students don't test as well, say researchers who found a link between food stamp disbursements and students' exam scores.Assessment Opinion Five Intuitions to Guide Assessment in 2021 and AfterBeyond the question of whether to test during COVID-19, there’s the equally crucial question of how to approach testing in 2021 and after.Assessment Opinion To Keep Primary Students Learning and Growing, Start With DataA district’s dedication to gathering and analyzing data provides stability in uncertain times.