Standards, Testing, and Accountability

Two canoes in a race

Yes, Learning Standards Are Arbitrary. Yes, Learning Loss Is Real.

Children need to know how to read, and fewer of them are currently reading as well as they otherwise would be. That demands our attention, not our platitudes.
Kindergarten teacher Julie Mackett conducts her class at Ft. Meigs Elementary School, in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Covid and Student Achievement: Early Evidence from Ohio’s Fall Tests

The decline equates to about one third of a year’s worth of learning, and it was worse among students whose districts started the year with fully remote instruction.
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Pandemic Offers Opportunity to Reduce Standardized Testing

Start by ending the practice of giving annual tests to all kids in most grades
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Treat NAEP as a Reality Check, Not an Advocacy Exercise

Recent efforts to overhaul NAEP's reading framework are deeply troubling.

AP Classes Move to YouTube with Unannounced Celebrity Guests

Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board, on offering tests and education amid the Coronavirus crisis.

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