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

NM groups urge rigorous testing for high standards

The Roswell Daily Record | Lisa Dunlap

August 9, 2019

Two New Mexico educational policy groups are urging state leaders to choose student assessments that will maintain high standards and provide accurate and timely data to parents, students and school leaders.

How to be assessment literate, no matter your role

NWEA | Monica Rodriguez

August 1, 2019

A confident understanding of assessment helps teachers meet their students’ needs early, when it’s easier to close achievement gaps and pave the way to a long and successful academic career. Our 2016 post “Why we need assessment literacy as part of teacher preparation” touched on this critical topic.

Students score better on state tests this year

WSBTV | Steve Gehlbach and Craig Lucie

July 26, 2019

School districts around the state are pouring over results from this year’s Georgia Milestone Tests. Across the state, reading scores went up three points. Math scores were up one point for fifth-graders. For Atlanta Public Schools, the district saw their highest scores ever. Two years ago, half the district showed gains year-to-year. This year, it’s nearly 90%.