Author Archives A.L.

  • Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 10/30/15 A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments. From NPR: NAEP scores, often called the “Nation’s Report Card,” were released this week, showing a somewhat surprising decline in reading and math. Test scores are falling. Is the sky? From Chicago […]

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  • Teachers are well-aware that high-quality assessments are an important part of teaching and learning and that they should be designed to help students know where they are in relation to where they need to go. Students are key decision-makers about their own learning, and it is critical for them to be engaged participants when it […]

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  • Breaking News Roundup – What We’re Reading 10/27/15 This is a special edition of our news roundup to capture the media coverage of the Obama Administration’s Saturday announcement regarding assessments in K12 education. “In moderation, I believe smart, strategic tests can help us measure our kids’ progress in school. As a parent, I want to […]

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  • Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 10/23/15 A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments. From Education Post: In response to a PBS NewsHour report about opting out of Smarter Balanced testing in Seattle, this Education Post writer examines some myths about testing in the story.  Calling […]

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  • Assessment literacy involves understanding that assessments are designed to provide teachers, students, parents, and other stakeholders the information needed to make decisions that will support students on their educational paths. Validity, reliability, fairness, student engagement, and consequential relevance are key traits of high-quality educational assessment, whether large-scale, end-of-year, or classroom-based. Whether you are providing input […]

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  • Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 10/16/15 A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments. From EdWeek: Earlier this week, Arkansas announced it was joining Ohio in determining its own definition of “proficient” on PARCC exams. Later, the Arkansas Education Commissioner reversed course and said the state […]

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  • Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 10/9/15 A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments. From the New York Times: States are using different labels to describe the exact same scores on Common Core tests – exactly what the Common Core was partly intended to redress. Test scores […]

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  • While formative assessment can provide the day-to-day, minute-by-minute data teachers need to make in-the-moment adjustments to teaching, there is still a need for interim assessments. These assessments are taken at intervals throughout the year – every five to nine weeks or so – to evaluate student knowledge and skills relative to a specific set of […]

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  • Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 10/2/15 A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments. From NY Times: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to step down from post in December. Arne Duncan, Education Secretary, to step down in December From Hechinger Report: A survey from Whiteboard Advisors […]

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  • Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 9/25/15 A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments. From EdWeek: Why we should take public polling about the Common Core with a grain of salt. What the data actually says about shifting views on the Common Core From Alliance for […]

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