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February 18, 2015

The Role of Testing to Support Deeper Learning

Linda Darling-Hammond proposes changes to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act to support systems of assessment that enhance learning.

January 29, 2015

Fractal Patterns, Playing Jazz, and Other Variations on a Metacognitive Theme

To "measure what matters," first we must learn how the skills and dispositions that matter are developed. A network of states and partners are leading the way.

December 10, 2014

A Plan for Measuring Hard-to-Measure, 'Soft' Skills

Laura Hamilton and Brian Stecher of RAND call for research to develop better measures of competencies like academic tenacity and collaboration, essential skills that are seldom measured in schools.

December 05, 2014

Hard Data, Soft Skills

Summit Public Schools is using new measures to determine whether students have developed "habits of success."

November 17, 2014

Transforming Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning

Although public and educators' concerns are growing about testing, performance assessment done well can strengthen instruction and enhance learning, says Linda Darling-Hammond.

November 07, 2014

Standardization or Personalization? (Or, how not to fumble the equity ball.)

To ensure equity, some argue that assessments must be standardized, while others say they should be personalized. As states continuously improve systems of assessment and accountability, are there common principles that can guide us all to victory?

October 24, 2014

Toward a New Era in Educational Assessment

A new report lays out a strong case for new forms of assessment and could start a movement toward better ways of knowing what students know and can do, says Bob Lenz of Envision Education.

October 20, 2014

Lighting Fires (of the Mind) in Detroit

A graduation profile ignites students in a so-called "low-performing" school in a distressed city, says Envision Learning Partners

October 17, 2014

The Power of Exhibitions: Why You Need Both Sizzle and Steak

In this post, High Tech High Chula Vista teacher Alec Patton takes us inside the world of exhibitions, telling us why they have power, why students aren't always as motivated by them as you might think, and how at their best they bring together "sizzle" and "steak".

October 06, 2014

To Improve Assessment, Invest in the Classroom

The most powerful learning gains come from assessments that teachers administer day to day, not from large-scale tests.

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