Assessment and Testing

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A student works a problem in the pages of a prep book during a test practice class at a high school in Naperville, Ill. Illinois is one of a dozen states that have had to set “proficiency” cut scores on the SAT, and in some cases, those are higher than the scores for college readiness.
—Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS

To Be 'Proficient' in Illinois, You Have to Be More Than College-Ready

Illinois sparks controversy by setting its bar for proficiency higher than the college-readiness score on the SAT. (November 17, 2017)

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In this Spotlight, discover how assessment data can provide clarity on students’ learning strategies, how states and districts are crafting innovative tests under ESSA, and how educators can make sense of the data they collect.

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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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Tests aligned to the common-core standards and specially designed for students with severe cognitive disabilities are managing to fill a need for a broad swath of states.
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