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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A 33-nation study finds that boys tend to score higher in reading when 60 percent or more of their classmates are girls.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week
Illinois sparks controversy by setting its bar for proficiency higher than the college-readiness score on the SAT.
November 17, 2017 – Education Week
The political maneuvers used by education policy advocates to animate moderate voters over those issues in New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington could provide a script next year when 38 governors and most state legislators are up for election.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
Current trends indicate states are backing away from using student-growth measures—and standardized-test scores, in particular—to gauge teacher quality.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
Florida and other states say "English-only" laws prevent them from providing state tests to English-learners in their native language even though ESSA urges them to do so.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
Schools are looking for ways they can use the kindergarten entry tools to tailor classroom practices with children's academic, social, and physical development needs in mind.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
Arts instruction and understanding the creative process can help prepare students for 21st-century challenges, write Emily Gasoi and Sonya Robbins Hoffmann.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
A record number of students from the class of 2017 took the revised SAT. But don’t try comparing this year’s scores to last year’s.
October 3, 2017 – Education Week
This year's gains were especially notable for Hispanic students, whose college-readiness scores rose even as they took the exam in greater numbers.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
School success is often measured by test scores, but they don’t paint an accurate picture, says Jack Schneider.
September 6, 2017 – Education Week

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