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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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
A rigorous curriculum program imported from the United Kingdom is challenging AP and IB as it becomes increasingly popular in U.S. schools.
February 28, 2018 – Education Week
A Florida study urges caution in taking advantage of ESSA's new flexibility on state testing.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
The C grade on this year's Quality Counts report continues years of flat performance as states begin to grapple with the challenges and opportunities under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
What lessons can states that perform well on Quality Counts annual rankings offer other states looking to move the needle?
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
Chronically low-performing states must work to overcome structural disadvantages and longstanding challenges that many of them share.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
Two years after the Every Student Succeeds Act passed, few seem eager to let districts give a nationally recognized college entrance exam in place of the state assessment for high school accountability.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week
It’s time to reimagine a classroom where students are driven by curiosity rather than a score, writes educator and author Mark Barnes.
January 10, 2018 – Education Week
The latest results from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study show that basic literacy is at an all-time high around the world, while the reading skills of U.S. 4th graders seem to be heading in the opposite direction.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week

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