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Recommendation - 2.1

All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.
To meet this goal, we recommend the following action:

2.1 Recommendation: Design, develop, and adopt assessments that give students, educators, and other stakeholders timely and actionable feedback about student learning to improve achievement and instructional practices.

Assessments can be used formatively to improve students’ learning in addition to measuring what they have learned. The Department of Education should urge states and districts to use technology-based assessments in this way and promote partnerships between states and private and public sector organizations to design, develop, validate, and scale up such assessment resources. States and districts should partner in the assessment design and validation process and adopt valid and reliable technology-supported assessment tools as they become available. Districts, schools, and colleges of education should provide educators with professional learning opportunities that teach them to use assessments formatively to improve instructional practices.

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