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Public School Facts, History, and Education Issues » Testing

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Deconstructing the 2015 NAEP Results

Author(s): Nancy Kober
Published: February 2, 2016

The 2015 NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) results were both surprising and unsettling for many education leaders. CEP's Nancy Kober gets some insight from a panel of experts and deconstructs the findings. This short piece helps explain what they mean and don't mean for the future of public education.

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Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing

Author(s): Nancy Kober
Published: November 3, 2015

Recently, the amount and variety of testing occurring in public schools has received considerable national attention. To help parents, educators, policymakers, and others sort out all the differing information and opinions on testing, the Center on Education Policy at the George Washington University has developed Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing. This publication provides objective information and explanations of important issues related to assessment in K-12 schools, including— 

  • Basic facts about testing and common reasons for testing
  • The impacts of the federal government, states, and school districts on the amount and type of testing
  • The historical roots of current testing requirements
  • Impact of the Common Core on testing
  • How individuals can determine how much testing is too much
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TestTalk for Leaders-Issue 4: The Good News Behind Average NAEP Scores

Author(s): Dalia Zabala
Published: January 1, 2006

Issue 4: The Good News Behind Average NAEP Scores - Analysis of data from the October 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress report shows higher achievement scores by certain subgroups than the average.

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TestTalk for Leaders-Issue 3: My School Didn't Make Adequate Yearly Progress - So What Does That Mean?

Author(s): Nancy Kober
Published: October 1, 2004

Issue 3: My School Didn't Make Adequate Yearly Progress -- So What Does That Mean? - A brief overview of the significance of failing to meet adequate yearly progress as it relates to states' progress as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act.

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TestTalk for Leaders-Issue 2: What Tests Can and Cannot Tell Us

Author(s): Nancy Kober
Published: October 1, 2002

Issue 2: What Tests Can and Cannot Tell Us - A brief overview of the pluses and minuses of standardized testing.

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TestTalk for Leaders-Issue 1: Teaching to the Test: The Good, the Bad, and Who Is Responsible

Author(s): Nancy Kober
Published: June 1, 2002

Issue 1: Teaching to the Test: The Good, the Bad, and Who Is Responsible - A brief review of what constitutes good and bad practices in "teaching to the test." 

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