Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of articles about testing. In the NYT last week, for example, I saw that parents are voicing their concerns about standardized testing by opting out of having their children take statewide exams. Yesterday I read that in Virginia, legislation was just passed reducing the number of SOLs students take in certain grades, particularly elementary grades. While this isn’t a drastic change, it’s definitely a move in the right direction! My research topic for GPP is about assessment in higher education, but I’m also curious to find out more about assessment and testing in K-12 schools in Europe, especially alternative assessments that may be used.