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Instructing & Assessing 21st Century Skills: A Focus on Analytical Thinking

Guidance on defining and assessing analytical thinking, a skill that’s increasingly important to students’ future success.
July 10, 2024

Instructionally Useful Assessments: Don’t Tell Us—Show Us

Education leaders and vendors claim that many assessments are “instructionally useful.” Such claims must be highly specific, and supported by evidence.
June 26, 2024

Assessment Data Masquerading as Instructionally Useful Information

Which kinds of tests provide information that helps teachers adjust their instruction? We outline 10 key features of instructionally useful assessments
June 19, 2024

Measuring Student Success Skills: A Review of the Literature on Analytical Thinking

The ability to think analytically is vital in today’s world. In an era defined by rapid technological advancements, economic globalization […]
June 7, 2024

Stop Trying to Use Commercial Interim Tests for Instructional Purposes

The concept of “strategic abandonment” sheds light on the appropriate uses of commercial interim assessments. Instructional utility isn’t one of them.
June 5, 2024

What We’re Up To: Center Presentations at NCSA

We're giving a bunch of interesting presentations at the National Conference on Student Assessment in June. Here’s a rundown of what we’re doing.
May 22, 2024

Designing and Evaluating Innovative State Assessment Programs: A Framework for State Education Agencies

Recent years have produced a surge in interest in improving state assessment programs. Many states are designing new assessments. Much […]
May 3, 2024

Reimagining Balanced Assessment Systems

An important new book from the National Academy of Education can support state and district leaders in building balanced assessment systems.
April 10, 2024

What We’re Up To: Center Presentations at NCME and AERA

Our associates are giving many fascinating presentations at the assessment field’s two big spring conferences, NCME and AERA. Here’s a quick rundown.
April 4, 2024

A New Framework for Universal Design of Assessment Systems

Existing frameworks for universal design aren't quite right for educational assessment, so we teamed up and designed a new one.
April 3, 2024
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