Assessment and Testing

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New SAT Yields Higher Scores, But Don't Be Fooled

A record number of students from the class of 2017 took the revised SAT. But don’t try comparing this year’s scores to last year’s. (September 26, 2017)

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The Illinois State Board of Education is planning to transform 3rd to 8th grade state exams, aiming to shorten the tests, get results faster and switch to a format that adjusts the difficulty of test questions.
February 9, 2018 – AP
A Florida study urges caution in taking advantage of ESSA's new flexibility on state testing.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
Dozens of Missouri school districts are banding together in an attempt to reform the state's standardized tests.
January 26, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
The C grade on this year's Quality Counts report continues years of flat performance as states begin to grapple with the challenges and opportunities under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
What lessons can states that perform well on Quality Counts annual rankings offer other states looking to move the needle?
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
Chronically low-performing states must work to overcome structural disadvantages and longstanding challenges that many of them share.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
Two years after the Every Student Succeeds Act passed, few seem eager to let districts give a nationally recognized college entrance exam in place of the state assessment for high school accountability.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week
It’s time to reimagine a classroom where students are driven by curiosity rather than a score, writes educator and author Mark Barnes.
January 10, 2018 – Education Week
The latest results from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study show that basic literacy is at an all-time high around the world, while the reading skills of U.S. 4th graders seem to be heading in the opposite direction.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
A 33-nation study finds that boys tend to score higher in reading when 60 percent or more of their classmates are girls.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week

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