Blog: The Educated Reporter

Tweeting on Testing: EWA Seminar at Stanford

Reporters got a feel for standardized assessments at EWA's seminar on testing at Stanford Tuesday. (EWA/Mikhail Zinshteyn)

How can assessments get beyond rote memorization and capture the skills most valued to prepare young people for college and the workforce? Can tests effectively measure critical thinking and creativity? Will standardized tests tied to the Common Core provide a richer picture of student learning?

Journalists attending the Education Writers Association seminar on testing this week at Stanford University are exploring these questions and more. They’re hearing from experts in the field, including Stanford researcher Linda Darling-Hammond and Chris Minnich of the Council of Chief State School Officers, as well as K-12 educators and fellow reporters.

Couldn’t make it? See what you’re missing at #EWATests. Here’s a sample of the conversation on Twitter. (For still more Tweeting, check our post on Day 2 of the event, which featured a visit to Impact Academy of Arts and Technology to observe project-based learning in action.)