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ERIC Number: ED561807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Testing Trends: Considerations for Choosing and Using Assessments
Woods, Julie Rowland
Education Commission of the States
While federal law requires students to be tested in math, English-language arts and science in particular grades, states are still struggling to mount the resources and expertise necessary to fully implement college and career readiness standards, let alone new assessments aligned to these higher standards. New assessments are not only more demanding of students but also come with new administrative, technological and scoring challenges. Policymakers, caught between testing and accountability requirements and their constituents' concerns, are seeking new ways to meet the needs of all stakeholders. The key questions faced by education leaders are: (1) Which assessments should we choose? and (2) How do we use those assessments? To aid education leaders and policymakers in answering these questions, this report highlights how other states have addressed these questions and their attendant issues.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: United States