Assessment and Testing

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A student works a problem in the pages of a prep book during a test practice class at a high school in Naperville, Ill. Illinois is one of a dozen states that have had to set “proficiency” cut scores on the SAT, and in some cases, those are higher than the scores for college readiness.
—Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS

To Be 'Proficient' in Illinois, You Have to Be More Than College-Ready

Illinois sparks controversy by setting its bar for proficiency higher than the college-readiness score on the SAT. (November 17, 2017)

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The College Board will allow more students to take the college entrance exam on a computer, but the digital format is still available only to a small fraction of all test-takers.
August 16, 2017 – Education Week
After scores plummeted this spring on the most-used English-proficiency test, some states are easing up on the criteria for students to exit English-learner support services. Is that the right thing to do?
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
States that pay the costs of the SAT and ACT exams for all students can boost four-year college enrollment among low-income students, new research suggests.
July 21, 2017 – Education Week
Many "good" schools are just skating by on their students' privileged backgrounds and family resources, writes Karin Chenoweth.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
A scoring change to a widely used English-proficiency test has led to thousands of students being retained in classes for ELLs.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
A range of forces—including common standards, a new federal education law, and digital innovation—are bringing change to the field of student testing.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week
An experimental network of Virginia schools is letting students devise projects to demonstrate what they've learned.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week
School districts and researchers are searching for ways to help students cope with test anxiety and other schooling stresses.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week
A handful of the 18 states that have adopted the Next-Generation Science Standards are using assessments meant to reflect the standards' deeper, more inquiry-based approach to science.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week

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