Assessment and standards

3 ways leaders can begin to reverse a widening achievement gap

The highest and lowest achievers in a typical fifth-grade classroom pre-COVID were separated by as many as seven grade levels. That has widened, new research shows.

More colleges are doing away with test requirements for good

At least 1,835 U.S. colleges have implemented test-free or test-optional admissions in the hopes of developing a more diverse pool of applicants, although student access to high school AP or IB courses will remain a factor in their acceptance.

Who is on the positive side of the growing gender gap in education?

The gap exists in every U.S. state, beginning in elementary school and lasting through college graduation, according to new research conducted by the nonprofit public policy organization Brookings.

Math and reading scores crash hard on Nation’s Report Card

A historic decline in math scores on the Nation's Report Card delivers perhaps the starkest verdict yet on the pandemic's "profound toll" on learning. 

How you can help ensure your students will succeed—without an SAT score

Enthusiasm continues to build for replacing standardized exams with more "authentic assessments" such as research projects, presentations and portfolios of other high school work.

See who made the 2022 Blue Ribbon Schools list

297 schools were recognized for their achievements academic excellence and their progress in closing learning gaps.

What are the 4 things driving a decline in satisfaction with schools?

There is a drastic satisfaction gap between the opinions of education held by parents of K-12 students and their fellow Americans.

How far have math and reading scores dropped? It’s staggering

The first Nation's Report Card of the pandemic shows math and reading declines that are historic and, in some cases, unprecedented.

6 things we still don’t know about the size of interrupted learning

Educators may not know that "consistent exposure to instruction" was a bigger factor in interrupted learning than race and income.

Students are showing growth during a K-12 recovery that could take years

A full academic rebound will require above-average growth–and for some students, well above average–if educators hope to close achievement gaps as schools bounce back from the pandemic.

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