Ed. Dept. Gives States Guidance On How to Pare Back, Improve Tests
This is what we have been asking for all along!
“Specifically, the department wants states and districts to ensure tests are: worth taking (as in not redundant); of high quality (can capture high-order thinking skills); time-limited; provide appropriate accommodations for students in special education and English-language learners; transparent (meaning parents under why kids are taking them and how the data will be used); and just to get a snapshot of student achievement and school quality.”
Read the rest of the blog and follow the links in the blog to the memos from the DOE for more information: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/02/ed_dept_gives_states_ideas_on_.html