May 24, 2017
Change is bubbling in the assessment world. Common standards are reshaping standardized tests. New federal laws are causing states to ramp up tests for English-language learners. Formative assessments are going digital, and students are being encouraged to create their own assessments to show what they’ve learned. This special report provides a snapshot of these developments and others in the changing field of assessment.
- Assessment What Happens When Students Design Their Own Assessments?An experimental network of Virginia schools is letting students devise projects to demonstrate what they've learned.College & Workforce Readiness In Race for Test-Takers, ACT Outscores SAT—for NowThe SAT’s long dominance in college admission testing has slipped, but it’s still a horse race, according to experts.College & Workforce Readiness Country's Oldest Career-Matching Test Gets an UpdateA survey added to the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery aims to match test-takers to jobs based on interest, rather than personality.Federal More Testing Is Forecast for Nation's ELL StudentsSpurred by changes in federal law, states are ramping up and revising English-proficiency testing for students who don't yet communicate fluently in English.Assessment Market Is Booming for Digital Formative AssessmentsSales are growing for products that help teachers figure out whether students are "getting it" in class—and how educators should change instruction accordingly.College & Workforce Readiness Should Schools Test the 'Career' Half of 'College and Career'?Some experts and educators argue that better assessments are needed to determine whether students have the necessary skills to succeed in the workplace.