Addressing an area of both frustration and possibility for many teachers, this online story package explores new developments and trends in the practice of testing and assessment in schools. The stories focus on initiatives designed to link assessment more closely with classroom learning and instruction and thus provide integral solutions for teachers.

Courtney Horan, a 1st grade teacher at P.S. 173 Fresh Meadows School in Queens, N.Y., conducts a reading conference with a student. Fresh Meadows uses a performance-assessment program to measure students' reading skills and understanding. Read the story.
—Melanie Burford for Education Week.

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High school English teacher Sarah Brown Wessling has students use their cell phones to text what they learned in class, then uses those texts to assemble a word cloud. View this video and others from a special collection on creative assessment techniques assembled by Teaching Channel.
March 5, 2014 Looking for better ways to measure the "deeper learning" goals of the common standards, schools are increasingly turning to formalized performance tasks.
March 5, 2014 As teachers transition to common standards, experts say they may need to take on more of a "teacher- researcher" role in the classroom.
March 5, 2014 A school district in southwestern Oregon is making a concerted effort to ensure the data its teachers collect and analyze prominently include samples of students' discursive writing.
March 5, 2014 James W. Pellegrino, an expert on cognitive science and psychometrics, offers his views on what's next in educational assessment and how it will change teaching and learning.
March 5, 2014 The idea that a standardized assessment can measure something so broad and nebulous as "critical thinking" or "college readiness" or "teacher efficacy" should be given up entirely, says high school English teacher Ilana Garon.
March 5, 2014 Veteran high school mathematics teacher Alison Wright dissects the common-core-aligned assessments being developed by the national consortia.
March 5, 2014 In these videos from our editorial partners at Teaching Channel, accomplished educators demonstrate the creative assessment techniques they use to track student learning.
NEW DIRECTIONS IN ASSESSMENT was produced with support from The Joyce Foundation, at The Foundation helps underwrite Education Week coverage of policy efforts to improve the teaching profession.

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