Public debate is raging over implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The administration of new state assessments aligned to the Common Core has fueled the debate and raised many legal issues relating to standardized testing and parental rights. School boards and administrators have found themselves caught in the crosshairs.
Q&A with Bob Schaeffer of FairTest
When standardized student test scores are used as the sole means of determining which administrators and teachers are rewarded and which ones need to look for new jobs, it often ends badly. The allure of cheating to feign academic success can be too hard for some to resist.
In the Eye of the Beholder
Educators, parents, school board members, and state and federal policymakers may not always agree on how best to improve learning outcomes for all students. The source of many of these disagreements rests on their perceptions of the purpose and use of assessment in teaching and learning in today’s classrooms.
As with any major systemic change, the move to online assessment has come with its share of hiccups. Last April, at least four states—Florida, Indiana, Kansas, and Oklahoma—opted to suspend online testing and move back to pencil and paper after technical difficulties resulted in various disruptions.
Student Assessments That Work
Student assessment is becoming a topic of conversation. It is spurring discussions about how and why we test students and what we do with the data from those assessments. School boards will play critical roles in determining where that conversation goes in terms of public policy and student performance.
Education Vital Signs: Testing & Assessment
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Teacher Evaluation How-Tos
Judging teachers threatens to become a reality show with little or no payoff for educational consumers. When it comes to judging teachers, the challenges are great, but the magic words are simple: It’s time we did our homework. Here are five lessons that challenge even the most able among us.
Teacher Accountability and Testing
Testing experts worry about the many ways value-added can fall short of expectations. They urge policymakers to follow best practice principles and design prescriptions when using value-added. A few key prescriptions are: demand top-quality tests; ensure educators know what the test covers; and, ensure accuracy of formulas.
Assessments Helping Teachers
In 2002, Wyoming’s education officials set out to create accountability tests capable not only of accurately evaluating their state’s schools, but also of stimulating better instruction. Birth pangs are common with new enterprises, and that was the case in Wyoming. While not definitive, the results are definitely encouraging.