Assessment and Testing

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Teachers Should Design Student Assessments. But First They Need to Learn How

"When the day came to administer the first test I had designed," writes Brandon Lewis, "my heart sank." (July 18, 2019)

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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
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

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