Four Test Questions for State Boards
As the new school year begins, states will want a better understanding of the social, emotional, and academic learning needs of students so they can respond to them rapidly. Yet with shrinking budgets and increasing demands, states are grappling with tough decisions about how to balance giving students time to adjust to a new normal of schooling and assessing the scope and extent of learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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These questions can help frame conversations on assessment approval and intersections with state accountability.