Standards, Testing, and Accountability


Can We Revive Standards-Based Reform?

Statewide curriculum sounds seductive, but charters, vouchers are more promising.

“How’d You Do It?” Mississippi’s Superintendent of Education Explains State’s Learning Gains

“Data and accountability will drive the behaviors that you want to see,” Carey Wright says in exit interview

Student Learning Recovering from Pandemic Losses, Ohio Data Show

For some subgroups—including English learners and students with disabilities—achievement has largely recovered to pre-pandemic levels.
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San Francisco’s Detracking Experiment

Course enrollments are a means to an end—student learning—not an end unto themselves.
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What Does the Future Hold for School Accountability?

Those who embrace the value of testing are no longer sure how to make their case.
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States: Don’t Give Up on Measuring Student Growth for 2022 Accountability

States lacking valid baseline test data from 2021 could go back to 2019 for their baselines, measuring cumulative growth across three years.
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What the Digital SAT Will Mean for Students and Educators

"Easier to take, easier to give, and more relevant," a College Board vice president says.
Students in Hengshui, China, chant during a rally to prepare for the GaoKao, the Chinese college-entrance exam.

Testing Backlash Could Hurt American Global Competitiveness

As U.S. college admissions go test-optional and K-12 standardized testing comes under pressure, China and India loom


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