Assessment and Testing

The latest news about assessment, including articles, Commentary, and special features.

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What Happens When States Un-Standardize Tests?

Many forge their own path on assessments that steer clear of traditional fill-in-the-bubble tests, but few have signed up for a much-touted ESSA pilot program. (October 11, 2018)

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Spotlight on Assessment 2018

While the anti-test movement has slowed, educators are finding ways to more effectively measure student learning. In this Spotlight, discover how schools are helping students with test anxiety, learn why we should care about “assessment literacy,” and debate the merits of allowing retakes on tests.

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Quiz Yourself: State of Assessment
How are states using testing as an accountability indicator under ESSA, what types of assessment do teachers value in the classroom, and what techniques are educators using to help students feel less anxious about tests?

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What Tests Does Each State Require?
Education Week's latest annual state survey reveals subtle shifts this year in the national testing landscape.

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SPECIAL REPORT

Student Testing: What's Next
Common core testing. New federal laws. Digital formative assessments. This special report provides a snapshot of these developments and others in the changing field of assessment.

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Letting Students Take Ownership of Their Assessments
Student-led assessments allow students to demonstrate their learning in a meaningful, active way. Read the transcript of a discussion on best practices and challenges of this work.

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Allegations that some students lied about having disabilities so they could get special accommodations on college entrance exams have the disabilities community worried about a backlash.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
Legislative leaders are preparing a proposal to set aside $800 million a year for school districts that demonstrate strong outcomes. Skeptics call it unfair and say it wouldn’t work.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Where Is PISA Headed?
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
The PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments have evolved since they were launched in 2015. Here's a guide to understanding them now.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
Education Week's latest 50-state survey points to a continuing drop in the number of states that require students to take the PARCC or Smarter Balanced tests.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
In a response to the U.S. Dept. of Ed., PISA’s Governing Board chair argues that its testing cycle should be accelerated.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
This isn't the first time states and schools have turned to projects, portfolios, exhibitions, and essays to measure students' learning. Here are lessons from the last go-around.
February 6, 2019 – Education Week
Here's a handy glossary on terms like project-based learning, competency-based learning, and standards-based grading.
February 6, 2019 – Education Week
Group projects founder when students don't work well together. Here's the latest thinking on evaluating students on both content mastery and collaboration skills.
February 6, 2019 – Education Week
Educators in Oakland, Calif., say the yearlong graduation projects are helping students master oral, writing, and research skills that will serve them well for whatever comes next.
February 6, 2019 – Education Week

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