Assessment and Testing

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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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Most colleges rely on standardized tests and grades to decide who gets into their schools. A handful of schools want to change up the mix.
February 6, 2019 – Education Week
Some teachers are ditching grades or using standards-based grades and "no zero" grading policies to keep students more focused on learning and less intent on grade-grubbing.
February 6, 2019 – Education Week
Elementary school teachers in the Peach State are using "game-based" formative assessments to take a pulse on their students' learning.
February 6, 2019 – Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education sees two specific challenges potentially undermining the quality of the international assessment program, writes Mark Schneider.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
New Mexico’s defection from the PARCC test set off another round of speculation that the exam will become extinct, but PARCC’s overseers have other plans.
January 16, 2019 – Education Week
A world without annual testing may be closer than you think, but it would come with some serious tradeoffs. Stephen Sawchuk considers the alternatives.
January 9, 2019 – Education Week
Is there a better way than standardized tests to find out what students are learning? Education Week offers a big-picture look at the current state of performance assessment and pinpoints some best practices.
December 5, 2018 – Education Week
The surge set an all-time high, restoring the SAT's position as the most widely used college admissions test.
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
The continuing decline in math achievement comes even as fewer students are taking the college-readiness exam.
October 24, 2018 – Education Week
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 24, 2018 – Education Week

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