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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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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
The yearslong slide in reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress comes as students are spending more time in and out of class on digital devices.
November 13, 2019 – Education Week
The nation’s high school students continue to struggle in the subject areas that are deemed essential for later success, according to the latest results from the ACT college admissions test.
October 30, 2019 – Education Week
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 23, 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

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