Author Archives A.L.

  • Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 11/20/15 A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments. From EdWeek: Outlining what’s in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) conference agreement, including more local control on issues of accountability and opting out. House, Senate ESEA compromise sails through conference […]

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  • Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 11/13/15 A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments. From EdWeek: Early details on a preliminary Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization deal in Congress and what it means for accountability issues. Sources: House and Senate negotiators have reached preliminary ESEA […]

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  • The value of assessments is in the informed decisions they enable educators to make – in both guiding instruction and enhancing student learning. Assessments provide educators with the information they need to help them decide the degree to which a student or students have achieved certain learning targets. This holds true for formative, interim, and […]

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  • Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 11/06/15 A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments. From EdWeek: A look at the House and Senate versions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bills and what they could mean for assessment policy. Rewriting No Child Left Behind: […]

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  • By now, you have probably seen or read about the Obama Administration’s announcement on K12 assessments (if not, watch President Obama’s video statement here). The Administration intends to work with schools and districts to ensure tests meet three principles: tests are worth taking; they don’t take too much classroom time; and they serve as only […]

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  • 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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