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Contextualizing COVID-19 “Learning Loss” and “Learning Recovery”

Education Reform has Always Been About Recovering Losses in Learning.

In a late April survey by EdWeek, 320 district administrators were asked to indicate the most urgent needs that assessment vendors could help within the wake of COVID-19.

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You Say Tomato: Concerns About the Diagnostic Assessment Rhetoric

Educators Need Clear Descriptions of the Intended Uses and Interpretations of Educational Assessments

Educational assessment has a naming problem and the latest example of it is the current rhetoric regarding wide-scale use of diagnostic assessment. This is likely true for other fields as well, but it is particularly rampant in education. When my colleagues, Marianne Perie and Brian Gong, and I first wrote about “interim assessment,” we conducted a search for the terms ‘formative, benchmark, predictive’ and several others.

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Educational Assessment 2020-21 Is Assessment 101

The Instructional Landscape Is Not What We Were Expecting, But We Know What To Do

In recent weeks, several CenterLine posts have addressed how states, districts, and schools should consider using assessment to support instruction when school begins again in the fall. We are pleased to share this guest post by Kristen Huff of Curriculum Associates with her perspective on this important topic.

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Stop Searching for the Holy Grail: Responding to COVID-19 Achievement Gaps

How Educators Should Address Achievement Gaps Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since school closures and remote learning became the norm, I have received emails from school and district leaders relevant to COVID-19 achievement gaps asking some variation of this question:

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Summative State Assessments Can Wait!

Arguments Against Administering the Spring 2020 Summative State Assessments When Students Go Back to School

All states closed their schools in March and suspended or canceled annual state assessments. While the US Department of Education (USED) immediately waived state testing requirements for 2020, some states are contemplating the administration of their summative state assessments next fall; purportedly to help leaders and educators better understand and respond to the impact of school closures on student learning. Although this may seem appealing, these assessments are no better suited to informing instructional decisions than they have been in the past.

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Remote Learning Provides an Opportunity to Rethink Assessment (and Learning)

COVID-19 School Closures Provide an Opportunity to Think About and Assess Learning Differently

Jal Mehta, author of In Search of Deeper Learning, was recently interviewed by Rick Hess about how to support deeper learning during the COVID-19 shutdown and remote learning.

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Dealing with Fallout from COVID-19 School Disruptions: What to do Next in Assessment and Accountability?

States Need to Deal with the Present, Plan for the Future

In late winter-early spring 2020, COVID-19 school disruptions became mainstream across the U.S. States and communities implemented policies for “social distancing,” resulting in students schooling from home, which interrupted state assessment schedules in every state. 

Canceling state assessments and local schooling have implications for several other state policies and programs, ranging from federal school accountability designations to determining how students could earn credits and graduate.

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Issues and Considerations that the COVID-19 Pandemic Presents for Measuring Student Growth

Discussing the Implications of Calculating Student Growth Scores for Accountability and Using Growth as a Tool to Analyze the Impact of School Closures on Student Learning

The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) global pandemic is having far-reaching effects in all facets of our lives. The impact on student education has been discussed in general terms in the media relative to school closures, and we at the Center for Assessment have been adding to the conversation by giving our thoughts on how changes to statewide assessment administrations may impact state efforts toward measuring student growth for the current and subsequent academic years. 

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The Outlook for ESSA School Accountability After COVID-19

A Return to the Status Quo is Unlikely and That’s Just Fine

For those hoping for minimal disruption to ESSA school accountability, I have bad news and more bad news.    

The bad news is that school accountability as we know it is entirely offline for 2020. Before the calendar even flipped to April, the U.S. Department of Education granted waivers to all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Bureau of Indian Education.  

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COVID-19: In Search of Continuity of Student Learning After Extended School Closures

Looking Beyond Large-Scale Assessment for Valuable Information to Support Schools, Teachers, and Students

I have been uplifted by the dialogue that is occurring across the country as we deal with truly unprecedented extended school closures and minimized services to families and students. I consistently hear state education leaders focus on the need to provide support to families and their children to ensure they are safe, healthy, fed, and continue learning; which requires continuous flexibility and identifying innovative approaches to how services are provided. 

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