A sizable sampling of online assessment items, giving teachers, educational leaders, and members of the public an early look at what kinds of items and tasks will appear on the high-stakes tests that are due to debut in the 2014-2015 school year.
The College Board today announced the release of redesigned AP programs for U.S. history and physics, with a focus on reducing the amount of content coverage required to allow more time for studying key concepts in greater depth.
The new exams for both subjects will feature fewer multiple-choice questions and increase opportunities for students to apply their skills and knowledge.
In U.S. history, for instance, the number of multiple-choice questions will be chopped down from 80 to 36.
As for U.S. history, the key objectives of the changes include:
• Alignment with evolving U.S. history curriculum at the nation's top colleges and universities;
• Providing teachers and students flexibility to focus on specific historical topics, events, and issues in greater depth; and
• Increasing student practice of historical thinking skills as central to understanding history.
Smarter Balanced sample items illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Consortium’s next-generation assessments.
L.A. School officials on Tuesday formally approved a one-year agreement for evaluating principals in the Los Angeles Unified School District, but the head of the administrators union also asserted that principals will be overburdened by a new...
Wisconsin would pay for all public high school juniors to take the ACT college admissions test starting in two years as part of a $7 million budget initiative State Superintendent Tony Evers announced Wednesday.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium held its second Collaboration Conference about the design and implementation of an assessment system that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in math and English literacy.