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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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
While state education chiefs praised the Every Student Succeeds Act for giving them new flexibility, Democratic senators said using federal money to arm teachers would be a terrible mistake.
October 3, 2018 – Education Week
Alabama, Michigan, South Carolina, and Wisconsin require all students to take the WorkKeys exam to measure reading and writing skills for work.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week

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