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Standardized tests are pests—here’s why

eSchool News

Key points: Standardized tests aren’t inclusive and often lead to unnecessary stress Educators should shift focus from standardized tests to ensuring students become independent learners See related article: What’s the state of K-12 assessment? This shift, while intended to improve test performance, comes at a cost.

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Understanding Standardized Assessments that Test Depth of Knowledge

eSpark

This year, many districts are replacing state standardized tests with PARCC or Smarter Balanced, two Common Core-aligned assessments designed to measure college readiness. The results of these formative tests can help inform lesson plans and PD sessions. Smarter Balanced.

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OPINION: The power of unfair standardized tests is finally, thankfully diminishing

The Hechinger Report

The College Board and ACT will still continue to offer these tests and to contend that test scores can provide value to admissions offices. But the power that these tests and the companies that profit from them once held in the college admissions landscape is forever diminished. Test scores are a lazy sorting mechanism.

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OPINION: Resuming universal standardized testing in America’s public schools would be ‘foolhardy’

The Hechinger Report

Should we resume standardized testing of students this spring? Policymakers place great stock in standardized test scores. The report touched off a movement toward standards-based accountability: holding school districts, schools and even teachers accountable for the academic performance of their students.

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5 Mistakes that Schools Do That Hurt Standardized Test Scores

The CoolCatTeacher

Brad Johnson @drbradjohnson talks about the mistakes schools make that hurt their standardized test scores. Consider this feedback as you prepare to administer testing this spring. In today’s show, Brad discusses standardized testing mistakes schools make. Perspective on testing. Listen Now.

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Children Stressed to the Breaking Point Due to Standardized Testing

A Principal's Reflections

Recently New York City made public teacher evaluations based on student standardized test scores. This proceeded the state of New York''s decision to change how educators are evaluated, in part by connecting the standardized test scores of students into final ratings. Does this seem fair?

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Can a Test Ever Be Fair? How Today's Standardized Tests Get Made.

Edsurge

After politics and religion, few issues are as contentious as standardized tests. To some, standardized testing overwhelms our schools and helps eradicate differences between students. Whatever your thoughts, there’s no denying that students are taking lots of tests. students were taking about eight tests a year.