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Could Testing Wreck Civics Education?

As civic education undergoes a renaissance in schools, educators are looking beyond standardized tests to determine whether the lessons empower students to embrace civic behaviors, like voting or volunteering. (September 17, 2019)

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ESSA locked federal testing mandates in place, participation is ticking up in key states, and the opt-out movement has been overshadowed by funding, teacher pay, and other battles.
July 23, 2018 – Education Week
Without a common vocabulary for naming what we want of education, many people default to prioritizing test scores, notes Helen F. Ladd.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week
When it comes to stagnant math and reading scores, we can’t afford to put our heads in the sand, writes Eric A. Hanushek.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week
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

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