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Accountability: measuring success

How do we measure the success of schools and students? Education Week discusses Quality Counts 2016: Accountability.

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October 26, 2015 Testimony from Elizabeth Proepper before the Senate Education Committee

Good afternoon. My name is Elizabeth Proepper and I’m an elementary teacher in the Proctor Public schools. I know our time today is short, so please allow me to summarize the guiding principles behind our recommendations for a new system of assessments. Please refer to the report for a full explanation of each item. You […]

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October 26, 2015 Testimony from Annette Walen before the Senate Education Committee

My name is Annette Walen and I’m proud to be a 4th grade teacher in the Osseo School District. I was one of the seven co-authors of the report, “Testing Better: How to Improve Minnesota’s Use of Assessments in Education.” You will hear from two of my co-authors in a moment. Our report was produced […]

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October 26, 2015 Testimony from Erik Sivertson before the Senate Education Committee

My name is Erik Sivertson and I am a teacher in the Sauk-Rapids-Rice Public Schools. I would like to preface our recommendations with two observations. First, we consider this report to be a starting point. If the Legislature is given the authority to repair the damage of the No Child Left Behind law, please listen […]

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Standardized Testing: Kid Tested, Mother Approved

Erika Sanzi and Holly Kragthorpe, EducationPost, March 24, 2015 There’s no doubt about it: We could do a lot to improve standardized testing in our schools. State tests could be designed to be more engaging for students and provide more timely and relevant information for teachers and parents. Schools could do a better job ensuring […]

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Hall, Garcia: Too much high-stakes testing hurts kids

Lily Eskelsen Garcia and Megan Olivia Hall, Pioneer Press, March 25, 2015 Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much these days. But the compelling arguments for putting an end to No Child Left Behind — or as we like to call it, “No Child Left Untested” — seem to be bringing the two sides together. […]

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Lily Eskelsen Garcia and Megan Olivia Hall, Pioneer Press, March 25, 2015   Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much these days. But the compelling arguments for putting an end to No Child Left Behind — or as we like to call it, “No Child Left Untested” — seem to be bringing the two sides […]

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Testing and Assessment: Terms and Acronyms

Formative assessments – Tests, quizzes, skills checks, observations that teachers use on an ongoing basis to modify and evaluate their instruction and check for student understanding Summative assessments – Tests that take place after a given unit of instruction or academic period that are used to judge student competency and program or course effectiveness MCAs […]

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Testing resistance and reform news

Bob Schaeffer, FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, September 16, 2014 It’s only the middle of September but assessment reformers have already recorded an initial set of “wins” for the new school year: Pittsburgh significantly reduced district-mandated testing, and Florida suspended a controversial statewide reading exam. Building on successes of the recent past, escalating […]

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Valuing the Whole Child: Education Beyond Test Scores

Michael Diedrich, Meredith Pozzi & Luke Plutowski, Minnesota 2020, August 27, 2014 The Pawlenty era was a tough time for Minnesota school districts, who saw state education aid stagnate or shrink in the face of inflation. Many communities proved how much they value their school systems by agreeing to take on higher property tax burdens […]

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