Testing 1-2-3

A blog on state practices around annual assessments by former educator and policy expert Dale Chu! Dale writes about K-12 academic assessments and makes sense of the data, facts, and myths about them.

Assessments by State

Select a state to see which assessments were used in grades 3-8 since the 2014-15 school year.

o Non-consortia Assessment

o Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia 
o The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

In the News

Connecticut sees “heartening” improvements in grade 3-8 testing

The Day | Erica Moser

September 9, 2019

This past school year, the percentage of Connecticut students in grades 3 to 8 who met the proficiency benchmark for math and English language arts on the Smarter Balanced assessment reached the highest levels since the test was implemented in 2014-15, according to new data from the state Department of Education.

How a Memphis state-run school improved math scores 9 percentage points in one year

Chalkbeat | Caroline Bauman

September 5, 2019

In the lobby of a Frayser elementary school, the first thing that greets parents, teachers, and students is a huge wall of testing data. Six charts show how each classroom performed last year on school mathematics and reading tests. There’s a line across each image, showing the level of expected growth. Each classroom surpassed expectations.

The Importance of Educational Assessment Policy in Shaping High-Quality State Assessments

Center for Assessment | Zack Feldberg

September 4, 2019

I remember my teaching days when I had to proctor state-mandated tests and prepare my students to succeed on those tests. When you add that time to the resources spent on test development and the efforts of school administrators and state department officials to execute the tests, the picture of a huge enterprise unfolds.