Assessment

Assessing Without Testing: A Classroom-Friendly Approach
Assessing Without Testing: A Classroom-Friendly Approach

In early 2020, a group of teachers from Knox County in Tennessee did something unusual. Led by fourth-grade teacher Hedy Hilts Collins, the educators went to their local school board meeting, where they spoke up about the amount of time kindergarten teachers are expected to devote to testing their young...

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PISA Scores Mean Something, But What?
PISA Scores Mean Something, But What?

Released in December 2019, the scores from the PISA exam administered in 2018 do not appear to bode well for students in the United States. Before we delve into the latest findings, let’s define the PISA itself.

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Where Are We Going Wrong? New NAEP Scores Show Decline in Reading Proficiency
Where Are We Going Wrong? New NAEP Scores Show Decline in Reading Proficiency

The National Assessment of Education Progress—also known as the Nation’s Report Card—has measured student performance across the United States for decades. Spearheaded by the National Center for Education Statistics, the assessment tests a representative sample of students from every U.S. state and jurisdiction in a variety of subjects, and NAEP...

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Understanding the Nation’s Report Card: What the NAEP Is and Is Not
Understanding the Nation’s Report Card: What the NAEP Is and Is Not

When the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores were released in late October 2019, many pundits, journalists, and education observers swiftly deemed the data to be something of a disappointment. Indeed, one might say the collective sigh—of exasperation, not relief—could be heard from coast to coast, with USA...

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Rethinking Assessment for English Learners in Florida
Rethinking EL Assessment in Florida

In Florida, a group of high-school students recently staged a protest to oppose a state law dictating that all students must pass a 10th-grade English language exam to graduate from high school. Students from Armwood High School in Hillsborough County were spurred into action after participating in a hands-on civics...

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Playful Assessments: Injecting Fun into Measuring Outcomes
Playful Assessments: Injecting Fun into Measuring Outcomes

Assessing students with standardized testing is a given in public schools throughout the United States—especially in the wake of 2001’s federal No Child Left Behind law, which mandated that all students in grades three through eight be tested annually in reading and math, while older students should be periodically...

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Playful Assessments: 3 Ways to Inject Fun into Measuring Outcomes
Playful Assessments: 3 Ways to Inject Fun into Measuring Outcomes

Assessing students with standardized testing is a given in public schools throughout the United States—especially in the wake of 2001’s federal No Child Left Behind law, which mandated that all students in grades three through eight be tested annually in reading and math, while older students should be periodically tested...

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