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Reflections From a Decade of Fall Testing

Compelling Reasons to Think Twice Before Moving 2021 Spring State Testing to the Fall

When spring state testing was abruptly canceled last year, one of the first options considered briefly was administering the Spring 2020 state tests in the fall – when it was expected that students and teachers would have returned to their classrooms – and life would be back to normal. One year later, we are facing the same consideration. 

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State Testing in 2021: Messaging Matters More than Ever 

How Can We Best Communicate Test Results Given the Challenges of Learning in a Pandemic?

Even as discussions continue about the merits of state testing in 2021, the reality is that many states will soon begin spring administration. Indeed, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has not waived or relaxed the assessment requirements specified in the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA). While some states have applied for testing waivers in 2021, at the time of writing, no waivers have been granted. Questions about whether or how to test must soon be overshadowed by questions like “How should we communicate the results?”

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One-Sided “Advice” on Remote Test Administration Isn’t Fair to States

Acknowledging the Lack of Evidence that Remote Testing Can Measure Up to In-Person Testing

A recent article in Forbes Magazine by Jim Cowen painted an irresponsibly rosy picture of remote test administration. The two organizations that coordinated the interviews on which the article was based, The Collaborative for Student Success and EducationCounsel, have been unabashed in their advocacy for returning to state summative testing in spring 2021.

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Oh, What a Year!

Looking Back so We Can Look Forward: Assessment and Accountability Challenges During a Pandemic

Most people want to close the door on 2020 as quickly as possible. This year was hard and sad for so many people. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones and/or were victims of a collapsing economy. I also recognize just how hard everyone in education from the classroom to the statehouse—including and especially parents—had to work this year, something I witnessed up close as a school board member. It was like a game of three-dimensional chess being played on ball bearings.

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Test Score Meaning Under Remote Test Administration

Part 2: Mode or Accommodation? A Framework for Thinking about Remote Administration

This is the second in a series of three posts on planning for the examination of the validity of scores collected through remote test administration. In the first post, Michelle Boyer and Leslie Keng laid out the reasons why states should be concerned about the effect of remote testing on the comparability of score meaning. In the third post in this series, we will discuss specific challenges to score interpretations for remotely-administered tests.  

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Test Score Meaning Under Remote Test Administration

Part 1: Why Validity is Threatened under Remote Administration Conditions

This is the first in a series of three posts on planning for the examination of the validity of scores collected through remote test administration. Next up is a discussion of a framework for the types of analyses that will be useful for understanding the degree to which scores are comparable between remotely tested students and students tested in the classroom, what might be done to adjust them if they are not, and the conditions under which data can be collected to support those analyses.

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What’s Even Going On? 

Collecting Data on Student Experiences to Understand Student Learning in Light of COVID-19 

As the school year gets underway, one question on everyone’s mind is: What impact will all of the disruptions have on student learning? Answering this question requires collecting data on student experiences in addition to data on student achievement. 

Data on student experiences – data that really lets us dig into what students’ day to day school lives are like –  has largely been absent from statewide collection to date.   

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Reflections from RILS 2020: Charting a Course in Uncertain Times   

To some extent, trying to address the many challenges that the pandemic presents for K-12 education has been like steering a ship in a storm without the benefit of the ability to predict the storm’s duration or path with any confidence.

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Part 2: A Deep Dive into Summative Classroom Assessment in a Remote or Hybrid Learning Environment

What’s the Same and What’s Different about Classroom Assessment in 2020-2021? 

Those responsible for summative classroom assessment in 2020-2021 face a number of daunting challenges, not the least of which is that the definition of “classroom” is wide and varied. 

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Part 1: A Deep Dive into Formative Assessment in a Remote or Hybrid Learning Environment

What’s the Same and What’s Different about Classroom Assessment in 2020-2021? 

As school restarts this fall, many teachers and students are facing different learning environments than the typical back-to-school realities – including when it comes to formative classroom assessment. 

COVID has reshaped teaching and learning in ways that could make a teacher or other educational leader wonder—what’s the same and what’s different about classroom assessment in a remote or hybrid learning environment

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