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January 7, 2019

N.J. Court Strikes Down High School Graduation Test Requirements

New Jersey cannot mandate that students pass two state exams before they can graduate high school, a state appellate court has ruled. The unanimous decision was made public Monday, December 31, 2018 but will not take effect for 30 days. It invalidates the state Department of Education's requirement that students must pass standardized exams—commonly known as the PARCC tests—in Algebra I and English. The three-judge panel found the requirement which was approved in 2016 and was due to take effect with the class of 2020—does not match a state law that requires students to pass just a single test in 11th grade in order to graduate.

December 6, 2018

Choosing and Using SEL Competency Assessments: What Schools and Districts Need to Know

Jointly developed by the Assessment Work Group and researchers from the RAND Corporation's Assessment Finder project, this report provides school and district leaders and implementation teams with guidance on how to choose and use social and emotional learning (SEL) competency assessments. It also discusses the benefits and challenges of measuring SEL competencies, what to consider when choosing an SEL competency assessment, and guidance for using SEL competency data in practice.

November 16, 2018

Actionable Principles of Formative Assessment

Assessment is useful for informing ongoing teaching and learning when it provides a prospective view of learning in order to answer the question, “What is next for this student?” This insight excerpted from "Using Formative Assessment to Enhance Learning, Achievement, and Academic Self‑Regulation", written by Heidi Andrade and WestEd’s Margaret Heritage, illustrate three key principles of practice for effective formative assessment.

November 5, 2018

Achieve releases series of science assessment resources for state education leaders, Transforming Science Assessment: Systems for Innovation

Achieve's series is designed to provide 1) information about how states are currently pursuing statewide assessment systems in science; 2) analyses of what features influence different approaches, with an eye to supporting state leaders as they make their own decisions regarding science assessment systems; 3) detailed state profiles that highlight how and why some states have made decisions regarding designing and enacting different examples of systems of assessment; and 4) a how-to guide for policymakers looking to enact systems of assessment in science.

October 31, 2018

Tennessee governor unveils upgrades to student assessments

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that TNReady will now produce faster test results, provide teachers with more resources to prepare their students for the test and offer schools more affordable technology devices.

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