Assessment Systems

The Center works in two broad areas: (1) design of assessment and accountability systems and (2) planning, implementation and evaluation of assessment and accountability systems.

Design of Assessment and Accountability Systems
One of the Center’s primary strengths is the design of effective assessment and accountability systems. In particular, we help states design systems that:

  • Establish meaningful measures
  • Create technically rigorous systems
  • Realize legislative mandates
  • Set reasonable and legally defensible standards
  • Incorporate effective approaches used in other states
  • Address special needs populations
  • Reflect best practices of experts
  • Comply with federal regulations
  • Reflect on-going assessment data back into the system
  • Integrate assessment into the curriculum

Planning, Evaluation and Implementation of Systems
The Center works with its clients in a supportive role, guiding them in planning, implementation and evaluation of programs. We can work on implementing new systems or targeted tasks related to implementing or evaluating segments of new or existing systems.

  • Determine state needs
  • Set policy and legislative goals
  • Plan yearly progress measurement programs
  • Prepare draft legislation
  • Evaluate assessment data
  • Develop RFPs and evaluate RFPs
  • Evaluate assessment and accountability systems for effectiveness, legal compliance, innovative approaches, adherence to best practices, technical accuracy
  • Evaluate whether a program promotes a set of specific educational or legislative goals
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