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Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 4/22/16

A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments.

From Ed Week: School districts, state chiefs, advocates, and the U.S. Department of Education now have a better idea of how testing will work under the brand-new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Alyson Klein highlights areas the rulemaking committee came to accord on including testing for English-language learners, and students in special education.

ESSA Cheat Sheet on the New Testing Regulations

From NPR: In a recent survey of public school parents, 90 percent stated that their children were performing on or above grade level in both math and reading. Parents held fast to this belief no matter their own income, education level, race or ethnicity. This article explores this, most likely, miss-placed belief.

9 Out Of 10 Parents Think Their Kids Are On Grade Level. They’re Probably Wrong

From MindShift: A child’s mind is filled with questions and is curious about the world around it. But why? What, exactly, is curiosity and how does it work? A study published in the October issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that the brain’s chemistry changes when we become curious, helping us better learn and retain information. This blog interviews Charan Ranganath, a psychologist at the University of California, Davis, and one of the researchers behind the study.

What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?