Standardized Testing

4 Tactics That Take Cheating Prevention to the Next Level

Summary:  This article describes four tactics to prevent cheating on standardized tests from around the globe.  From low-tech to high, these methods are meant to address academic dishonesty. Source:  Roger Riddell, Education DIVE, August 14, 2015 Categories:  Core Values, Standardized testing, Academic Integrity Description: The time that students, especially in K-12, spend preparing for standardized exams …

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How The Big New Education Law Could Cut Testing Time

Summary:  This article looks at the new Senate version of No Child Left Behind and the mandate for standardized testing.  The Senate version of the bill, the Every Child Achieves Act, encourages states to audit their testing procedures and cap testing time.  While there is still a mandate requiring standardized testing, the act provides for …

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Amid Cries of Overtesting, a Crazy Quilt of State Responses

Summary:  This article addresses how some states have moved to reduce or eliminate standardized testing time and the ways that they have chosen to do so.  Some states have eliminated standardized testing altogether, others have put a limit on testing time, and still others have opted for developing a local approach to the problem of …

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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview

Summary:  In school districts from New Haven to Anchorage, social and emotional skills are being taught and assessed just like skills in math and reading are. Source: Edutopia, December 7, 2007 Categories:  SEL Basics, Standardized Testing, Anti-Bullying, Mental Health Description: Examples include: Michael Pritchard – Comedian and motivational speaker who talks to students about bullying, …

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Student Achievement and the American Education System

Summary:  “When schools are held accountable only for the accomplishments most obviously linked to future earnings, they sacrifice many of the experiences that are most important for optimal development but which are not lucrative.” Source:  Susan Engel, February 2015, the Utne Reader Categories:  Classroom Practice, Standardized Testing, Student Achievement Description: What happens when you begin …

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Why Finland’s Schools are Top-Notch

Summary:  This article shares some information about Finland’s educational system and how it differs in approach from our American educational system. Source: Pasi Sahlberg, CNN Opinion, October 6, 2014 Categories:  Student Achievement, Standardized Testing Description: Millions of American parents spend countless hours trying to figure out how to help their children get better grades, better …

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Attendance Affects Achievement: Study Provides State-by-State Look

Summary: This article explores a correlation between absenteeism and performance on the 2013 NAEP test.  The study looks specifically at absences in the month prior to the test administration. State-by-State data is also provided. Source: by Evie Blad, Education Week, September 2, 2014 Categories: Student Achievement, Standardized Testing Description: Students with poor attendance in the …

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Do Americans Still Believe in the Public Schools?

Summary:  This info-graphic shares results from a PDK/Gallup Poll and an NBC/Wall Street Journal Survey asking about attitudes toward the public schools. Source:  by Roger Riddell, Education DIVE, August 28, 2014 Categories:  Assessment Tools, Standardized Testing, Student Achievement Description:  The following graphic shares results from two surveys – a PDF/Gallup Poll and an NBC/Wall Street …

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