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Current Issues

The role of assessment continues to evolve along with new challenges in education. To help you stay on top of the latest requirements and trends, CTB offers this overview of the current educational landscape.

Following are CTB articles and white papers that address a number ofcurrent educational assessment topics and issues:

Common Core State Standards

The move from NCLB to the adoption of Common Core standards will require major curriculum changes and new types of assessments. McGraw-Hil Education CTB l can help you strengthen the rigor or your academic program and demonstrate through your test scores that students are ready to enter college and/or the job market. Learn more about how we support classroom learning and provide a full spectrum of year-round assessments, teacher development, consulting services, and more.

21st Century Approach: Preparing Students for the Global Workplace

Education is undergoing a new cycle of profound change worldwide as students prepare to participate in the global economy. This transformation is leading to a more efficient delivery of educational resources, targeted to individual progress and learning science and the goal of attaining the benefits of true data-driven instruction.

What is Formative Assessment?

Research shows that technology-enhanced formative assessment is a powerful solution that enables educators to more readily monitor progress and improve student achievement.

Components of an Effective Response to Intervention (RtI) Model

RtI is used nationwide as a valuable model for schools and districts in identifying students who may benefit from additional intervention

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA): The Importance of Student Achievement and School Reform

The overall goal of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is to stimulate the economy in the short term and invest in education and other essential public services to ensure the long-term economic health of the U.S. The investment in education has historic significance and stresses the importance of support for student achievement and school reform. This white paper summarizes key educational components of ARRA, shows the alignment of CTB solutions to ARRA programs, identifies five questions from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that educators should answer, and provides links to additional resources.

Computer-Based or Online Administration of Paper-and-Pencil Tests

A description of what is necessary for test scores to be considered interchangeable between paper-and-pencil and computer-based or online modes of test administration.

Literacy Development for English Language Learners

Provides background information about the increasing importance of the English Language Learners (ELL) proficiency, important considerations for ELL literacy instruction, and research-based recommendations for quality literacy instruction for ELL students.

Assessment Accomodations

Guidelines for Inclusive Test Administration--Meeting the Testing Needs of Students with Disabilities

Pre-K Standards for Teaching and Learning

A set of Pre-K Standards for Teaching and Learning, developed by noted early learning experts.

CTB Research Commitment

We maintain the highest standards in developing, executing and reporting assessments that serve the needs of every educator and learner.

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