Center for Assessment team members write and present extensively on topics relating to assessment and accountability. As part of our mission and in order to increase and improve assessment and accountability practices nationally, we make our guides, presentations, papers, reports and other resources widely available.
Using Interim Assessments in Place of Summative Assessments? Consideration of an ESSA Option
This paper examines the conceptual and practical challenges in developing a system of interim assessments that produces a single summative score for accountability purposes, in line with that detailed in ESSA.
Living in a Post-Validity World: Cleaning up our Messick
This document contains the written version of the presidential address delivered by Charlie DePascale at the 47th annual conference of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA). The address presents 7 challenges that we face as an assessment and measurement community in defining, evaluating, and communication information about validity as it relates to our tests, testing programs, and accountability systems. The discussion of the challenges is followed by five suggestions on where we can go from here.
The Role of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing in Establishing a Methodology to Support the Evaluation of Assessment Quality
This paper was prepared for the 2016 annual meeting of the National Council for Measurement in Education. Lyons and Hall discuss how the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (2014) were used in the development of a framework for evaluating assessment quality. Additionally, the authors highlight how the structure of the evaluation framework adds to the utility of the Standards.
A Guide to Evaluating College- and Career-Ready Assessments: Focus on Test Characteristics
These resources were developed by the Center to support comprehensive evaluations of standardized assessments measuring college- and career-ready standards relative to CCSSO's Criteria for Procuring and Evaluating High Quality Assessments.
Testing Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia: Key Opportunities to Understand Student Thinking
The goal of this paper is to describe dyslexia, investigate current accommodation trends that are often recommended for this population, and to suggest supports teachers can use as they measure what their dyslexic students know and can do.