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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Spotlight on Assessment 2018

While the anti-test movement has slowed, educators are finding ways to more effectively measure student learning. In this Spotlight, discover how schools are helping students with test anxiety, learn why we should care about “assessment literacy,” and debate the merits of allowing retakes on tests.

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Student Testing: What's Next
Common core testing. New federal laws. Digital formative assessments. This special report provides a snapshot of these developments and others in the changing field of assessment.

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Letting Students Take Ownership of Their Assessments
Student-led assessments allow students to demonstrate their learning in a meaningful, active way. Read the transcript of a discussion on best practices and challenges of this work.

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For the second time in three years, Tennessee experienced major online testing disruptions, prompting new state legislation and raising questions about ESSA compliance.
May 9, 2018 – Education Week
A New York City effort aimed at preparing teachers to take learning outside the classroom and into the community may be leading to improvements in science achievement and teacher retention, according to some study results.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
As achievement continues to flatten on NAEP, the gap is widening between the lowest and highest scorers on the nationally representative reading and math tests.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
It's time to elevate family structure as an influential factor in academic success, argues Fordham Institute fellow Ian Rowe.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
Too many kids are rushed toward the level they’re "supposed" to be on by the end of a given grading period, with little attention given to the path they’re walking to get there, writes teacher Justin Minkel.
April 18, 2018 – Education Week
Chronic absenteeism and college-and-career readiness prove popular as states look to choose a school performance measure beyond test scores and grad rates.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
So far, just a handful are aiming to take advantage of new leeway on how to measure student learning, despite long-standing calls for a freer hand on assessments.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
The first-of-its-kind move stems from a new kind of testing flexibility in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
Teachers owe students second and third chances on final tests, especially if they've shown mastery of the concepts during learning, argues educator Lisa Westman.
March 21, 2018 – Teacher
States should not use the SAT or ACT to measure high school achievement because those exams don’t fully reflect states' academic standards, and could distort what's taught in the classroom, according to a paper released Tuesday by Achieve.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week

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