The pandemic has accelerated a growing national recognition that standardized tests are both a poor way to measure academic progress and a contributor to social inequality. In higher education, where academic leaders rely on evidence and institutional missions to determine policy, emphasis on the ACT/SAT and GRE to make admissions decisions has been cut back significantly. In the K-12 arena, however, politics and ideology are keeping failed policies in place. Assessment reformers — including teachers, parents and community activists –need to ratchet up the political pressure to overcome this inertia.
National The Push for New Equity Measures in Education
Florida Governor’s Proposal to Revise Testing Requirements Draws Mixed Reactions
Illinois Test Scores Are Not the Only Measure of COVID Impacts on Education
Kentucky Test Scores Reflect Pain of Pandemic
Louisiana Banning Time-Wasting Standardized Exams Would Help Teachers Combat “Learning Loss”
Maine Standardized Testing Is a Waste of Time and Money
Montana Super Pilots Local Progress Monitoring Assessments in Place of Year-End Big Test
New York Many Fewer Students Took Pandemic Year Standardized Tests, So What Do Results Really Mean?
Pennsylvania It’s Time to Abolish Standardized Tests
Wisconsin Pandemic Impact on Test Scores Is Not Surprising
University Admission ACT/SAT-Optional Yields More Student Diversity, Less Testing Company Revenue
University Admissions Tests Are Not Truly Optional When The Are Tied to Financial Aid
Worth Reading Don’t Double Down on Broken Assessment Systems