Focus on R&D

This series provides insights on important topics in educational assessment and research. Follow our ETS Researchers as they explain and discuss key issues in a conversational and easy to read style.

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Issue 4: Responding to the Opt-Out Movement

How should policymakers and assessment organizations respond to the protests against state-mandated assessments? "We need to help policymakers understand that the sanctions-and-rewards approach to education reform promoted by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) resulted in uses of tests that often were highly problematic. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), policymakers have an opportunity to reorient assessment toward supporting teaching and learning more directly," said Randy E. Bennett in an interview for Focus on ETS R&D. Bennett holds the Norman O. Frederiksen Chair in Assessment Innovation in ETS’s R&D division.

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