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Teachers Should Design Student Assessments. But First They Need to Learn How

"When the day came to administer the first test I had designed," writes Brandon Lewis, "my heart sank." (July 18, 2019)

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Starting next fall, some students who take the ACT will be allowed to retake individual sections of the college-entrance exam, instead of having to sit for the entire test again.
October 8, 2019 – Education Week
The research is clear that speed doesn't reflect intelligence, writes Alden S. Blodget.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
As civic education undergoes a renaissance in schools, educators are looking beyond standardized tests to determine whether the lessons empower students to embrace civic behaviors, like voting or volunteering.
September 18, 2019 – Education Week
Third-graders who started school in recent weeks may be forced to repeat the grade next year if they struggle with reading, the result of a 2016 Michigan law whose most controversial provision kicks in beginning next spring.
September 15, 2019 – AP
North Carolina officials' switch in reading-test vendors just weeks before the new school year got underway is spotlighting the often murky process of contracts and procurements for K-12 services.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
The arts, geography, economics, and foreign languages will lose their place in the testing line-up as the National Assessment of Educational Progress is being streamlined to cut costs.
July 24, 2019 – Education Week
"When the day came to administer the first test I had designed," writes Brandon Lewis, "my heart sank."
July 19, 2019 – Education Week
This principal says she’s had a front-row seat to incidents showing why we should be seriously concerned about the use of standardized tests to measure learning.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
Studies Weekly's lessons had hundreds of examples of errors and racial bias, including activities calling indigenous people "troublemakers" and asking students to take the perspectives of slaveholders.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
Rob Dickson, the executive director of information management services for the Omaha Public Schools, outlines his biggest challenges and lessons learned from this school year.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week

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