ADVISORY: The Common Core and Better, Fewer, and Fairer Tests

Washington, D.C. — For years, poorly designed, ill-aligned bubble tests have dominated classrooms across the nation. In many areas, tests have taken an outsized role—with far too much teaching to the test, and in some states and districts, students are simply overtested. A new report to be released on Thursday, October 16, at the Center for American Progress will outline new research on overtesting and how new, Common Core-aligned assessments will mean better, fewer, and fairer tests for students.

New exams aligned with the Common Core—offered for the first time this year—provide a promising alternative to the inadequate tests from the past two decades. By making tests more effective and focused on problem-solving skills, the Common Core can reduce the number of standardized assessments administered in schools, and the test prep culture that has overtaken schools across the country will become a relic of the past.

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Introductory remarks:
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Presentation of findings:
Ulrich Boser, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Nancy DePalma, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, West Hartford Public Schools
Maura Henry, Teacher, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria
Jeffrey Nellhaus, Chief of Assessment, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, Inc.

Ulrich Boser, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

October 16, 2014
10:00 a.m. ET – 11:30 a.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20005

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