Assessment and Testing

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Why Schools Are Not Holding Students Back to Address COVID-19 Learning Loss

District leaders cite evidence that retention doesn’t improve academic outcomes, and argue that holding large groups of students back will disproportionately hurt students of color and kids from low-income families. (June 18, 2020)


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How much students regressed during the extended remote learning period is a matter of some debate, but every district must devise ways to diagnose and respond to it.
June 12, 2020 – Education Week
The College Board paid lip service to confronting the digital divide, but some students still didn't get a fair shake, writes Mariusz Gałczyński.
May 29, 2020 – Education Week
There was no good news for social studies instruction in the latest national assessment results: 8th graders’ performance plunged in history, dipped in geography, and stayed flat in civics.
April 23, 2020 – Education Week
Schools must make the critical decision whether to reinforce the learning that students have already done this year or introduce new content.
April 17, 2020 – Education Week
More than 30 states have already moved to create more flexible graduation requirements and more are poised to do so, as education leaders move swiftly to smooth the transition to school or work for this year’s senior class.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week
Schools are wrestling with how to handle grading in a remote learning environment when not all students have reliable access to teachers, online resources, and parents who can help them.
April 29, 2020 – Education Week
As thousands of schools are shuttered nationwide to stem the spread of coronavirus, state leaders are wrestling with a dilemma: Should they administer state tests or cancel them?
March 16, 2020 – Education Week
Many teachers believe that analyzing student assessment data can improve performance, but the research suggests otherwise, writes Heather C. Hill.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
More than 17,000 schools use YouScience, a commercial aptitude assessment that seeks to gauge a test taker’s skills in areas such as idea generation and spatial awareness.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week
The latest results from the Program for International Student Assessment show American teenagers gaining ground against other nations in reading, math, and science, but it’s not because their performance is improving.
December 3, 2019 – Education Week

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