Assessments Tag

Challenges and Questions ESSA Presents for Districts 

With the school year fast approaching, Alyson Klein asks in Education Week what is “the toughest part of the Every Student Succeeds Act for districts to get a handle on?” To find out, she asked a few experts, including Noelle Ellerson Ng from The School Superintendents Association, Jeff Simering...

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Louisiana Officials Select Districts for Innovative Assessment Pilot

According to the Ouachita Citizen, the Louisiana Department of Education recently “announced the state’s proposal to pilot an innovative English assessment,” which is the first to be approved by the U.S. Department of Education under.” The five school districts that will serve as initial partners...

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Utah Survey to Determine Why Students Opt Out of Assessments

Utah’s State School Board’s internal auditors are planning to conduct an audit to “determine why growing numbers of Utah schoolchildren have opted out of standardized testing in recent years,” Marjorie Cortez writes for KSL news. The state’s opt-out rate was a “sticking point” in winning...

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SAT vs. ACT Under ESSA

Elaine Chen reports for Chalkbeat that in a “fight between two giant standardized test providers, the SAT again has won a multi-million-dollar contract for Illinois’ high-school tests—and the also-ran ACT is filing a protest with the Illinois State Board of Education.” The state is not...

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State Faces “Quandary” on Opt Outs Under ESSA

Newsday’s Lane Filler writes that the “federal government requires that students in third through eighth grades take standardized tests in math and English each year, and requires that districts and schools have at least 95 percent of their eligible students take those tests.” At the...

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ESSA and the Anti-Test Movement

“Just a few short years ago, there were real questions about whether Congress would ditch annual, standardized assessments as part of a makeover of the nation’s main K-12 education law,” writes Alyson Klein in Education Week. “At the same time, parents were increasingly choosing to opt...

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State Assessments, Teacher Evaluations, and ESSA

The National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado published a policy brief by Kevin Close, Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, and Clarin Collins that examines state-level assessments and teacher evaluation systems in the ESSA context and offers “some steps in the right direction.”

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