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Student Assessment

The Standard

Measuring Up: Recalibrating Systems of Assessment

Given the policy reset reflected in the newly minted Every Student Succeeds Act, state boards of education now face greater responsibility for assessments and determining their role in state accountability systems.

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Understanding Balanced Assessment Systems

In a balanced assessment system, different types of assessment are used to gather information about students’ learning for different purposes. For example, formative assessments gather information to inform teachers and students’ decisions about ongoing classroom learning. In contrast, summative assessments provide snapshots on students’ performance at the end of a unit or school year to […]

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Using Innovative Assessments to Promote Education Equity and Testing Efficiency

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provided new opportunities for creating innovative assessments that fulfill accountability requirements while contributing to learning and teaching. In this webinar, Abby Javurek, senior director of large-scale solutions at not-for-profit NWEA, discusses how the organization has worked with states such as Georgia and Louisiana to develop assessment solutions that increase […]

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Power of the Question

Take It Off the Consent Agenda: Nine Questions State Boards of Education Should Ask about State Assessment Systems

State boards of education have the primary authority over choosing summative assessments in 31 states. This policy update urges comprehensive state board involvement in the development of state assessment systems and lays out nine big questions board members should address before they adopt a new state assessment system

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Next-Generation Assessment Amid the Pandemic

Join us for a conversation about state assessment and accountability.

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Press Release

New Issue of the Standard Helps State Boards Weigh State Assessment Systems

There is no better time for state policy leaders to reexamine their assessment systems to address long-standing challenges, say authors in the new issue of NASBE’s State Education Standard.

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The Standard

Next-Generation Assessment

Bowing to the realities of the pandemic, states halted annual summative testing this spring, with a federal blessing. Yet with the U.S. Department of Education signaling that they will not waive the required tests for the current school year, there is no better time for state policy leaders to reexamine their assessment systems to address long-standing challenges, say authors in the new issue of NASBE’s State Education Standard.

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The Standard - Article

States Experiment with Assessment through Innovative Pilots

Five states received federal waivers for regular assessments so they could pilot assessment systems in select districts or schools over five years.

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We Should Listen to the Canaries

How alternate assessments for students with disabilities and English learners can point us toward better systems for all.

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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.

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A Shifting Landscape for State Testing

It is important to understand the history of state summative assessment in the United States.

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Performance Assessments: Promises and Pitfalls

By learning from the past, state boards can add depth and relevance to their assessment systems.

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Breakthrough or Breakdown? School Accountability in Flux

Time to steer systems toward better balance and coherence.

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