Assessment and Testing

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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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Overall, average scores were up two points since 2014 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in Technology and Engineering Literacy.
April 30, 2019 – Education Week
Learn how four teachers used new ed-tech tools to improve student engagement, differentiate learning, deploy better assessments, and communicate more effectively with parents.
April 24, 2019 – Education Week
Teachers in some states worry students may face questions on topics they haven't studied on new science tests rolling out across the country.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
New standards may be more rigorous, but they've created a widening gulf between large-scale and classroom assessment, argues Gregory J. Cizek.
April 16, 2019 – Education Week
A new study of six school districts that made heavy investments in strengthening their cadre of school leaders shows a link to stronger student achievement and longer tenures.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Allegations that some students lied about having disabilities so they could get special accommodations on college entrance exams have the disabilities community worried about a backlash.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
Legislative leaders are preparing a proposal to set aside $800 million a year for school districts that demonstrate strong outcomes. Skeptics call it unfair and say it wouldn’t work.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
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

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