Policy'S ARCHIVE

  • The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states and districts an opportunity to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring that stakeholders in the education ecosystem are assessment literate. By explicitly incorporating training and professional development that supports assessment literacy into state ESSA applications, states can enhance student learning by leveraging funds to […]

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  • If school leaders understand sound assessment practice, then they can make sound curriculum and instructional decisions. If a teacher understands sound assessment practice, then they are able to meet the diverse needs of all students. If an assessment system motivates all students to achieve success, then school improvement will occur. The importance of assessment literacy […]

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  • Are American kids spending too much time taking standardized tests in schools? Ask many parents, and even President Obama, and you’ll likely get a resounding YES. But is this an accurate assessment of the reality of student testing in U.S. schools? A report cited by the President said that kids spend 20 – 25 hours […]

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  • “This new proposed system of assessment will increase time for learning, emphasize the use of assessment in support of learning, and rely on the most authentic balance of assessments to encourage student success.” – A New Path for Oregon: System of Assessment to Empower Meaningful Student Learning At the behest of the Governor, a diverse […]

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  • At the first meeting of the Task Force on Assessment Education for Teachers, someone remarked, “Who will ever forget your first year of teaching?” Nearly everyone in the room smiled, nodded and then relayed a story about their first year of teaching. It was connected to the topic at hand – what do teachers know […]

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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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  • One question that seems to be volleyed between parents, students and teachers quite often, both publicly and privately, is Do educational assessments matter? This question reverberates throughout school systems, communities, and to answer it, educators use many tools, all of which combine to inform a teacher’s understanding of student learning. Many educators choose to gain […]

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  • Building assessment literacy is the core focus of this site, but what does assessment literacy really mean? We have asked educators and assessment experts to weigh in on the topic to share their views.

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