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The Center for Assessment’s COVID-19 Response Resources

State and district leaders are facing multiple concerns in response to widespread and potential long-term school closures due to the growing threat of COVID-19. The concerns are broad and consequential. We launched this page to help you efficiently find the resources you need during these uncertain times.

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Instructing & Assessing 21st Century Skills: A Focus on Critical Thinking

This is the fifth in a series of seven posts on instructing and assessing 21st Century skills. This post focuses on critical thinking, one of the four critical 21st Century skills addressed in the series.

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Instructing & Assessing 21st Century Skills: A Focus on Self-Directed Learning

This is the fourth in a series of seven posts on instructing and assessing 21st Century skills. This post focuses on self-directed learning, one of the four critical 21st Century skills addressed in the series.

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Start Now for a Coherent Assessment System in the Fall

In recent weeks, CenterLine has featured several posts by Center associates and guest authors addressing how states, districts, and schools should consider using assessment to support instruction when school begins again in the fall. We are pleased to share this guest post by NWEA’s Patrick Meyer and Gage Kingsbury, psychometric consultant, with their perspective on this important topic.

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Instructing & Assessing 21st Century Skills: A Focus on Complex Communication

This is the third in a series of seven posts on instructing and assessing 21st Century skills. This post focuses on complex communication, one of the four critical 21st Century skills addressed in the series.

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We are part of the problem

Over the past few weeks, the country has grappled with how to confront systemic racism and create an anti-racist society. We are pleased to share this guest post by former Center Associate Susan Lyons with her perspective on what the educational assessment and accountability community must do to address those issues in the development and use of educational assessments and accountability systems.

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Instructing & Assessing 21st Century Skills: A Focus on Collaboration

This is the second in a series of seven posts on instructing and assessing 21st Century skills. This post focuses on collaboration, one of the four critical 21st Century skills addressed in the series.

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Instructing & Assessing 21st Century Skills

This is the first in a series of seven weekly posts on instructing and assessing 21st Century skills. This post provides background on 21st Century skills, the Center’s recent work in that area, and an overview of the set of seven posts.

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Contextualizing COVID-19 “Learning Loss” and “Learning Recovery”

In a late April survey by EdWeek, 320 district administrators were asked to indicate the most urgent needs that assessment vendors could help within the wake of COVID-19.

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You Say Tomato: Concerns About the Diagnostic Assessment Rhetoric

Educational assessment has a naming problem and the latest example of it is the current rhetoric regarding wide-scale use of diagnostic assessment. This is likely true for other fields as well, but it is particularly rampant in education. When my colleagues, Marianne Perie and Brian Gong, and I first wrote about “interim assessment,” we conducted a search for the terms ‘formative, benchmark, predictive’ and several others.

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2020 Summer Internships: A Little More Certainty in an Uncertain Future

Although so much about the future seems uncertain, we are excited this month to bring a little normalcy into our world by addressing key questions and challenges in educational assessment and accountability through our 2020 summer internship program. This summer, the Center welcomes four advanced doctoral students who will work with the Center’s professionals on projects that will have direct implications for state and national educational policy. Each intern will work with a Center mentor on one major project throughout the summer.

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Recent Centerline Blog Posts

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What Should We Do Next Year?

The Center’s Executive Director Scott Marion was asked recently to offer a short response to the question,“How can parents and policymakers know whether schools are making up for lost learning and addressing individual needs?” as part of a series on what it will take to reopen schools amid the pandemic sponsored by The Center on Reinventing Public Education, in partnership with T

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Getting Ahead of the Curve: Planning for Accurate Equating in 2021

We cannot know what classrooms and teaching will look like in the coming school year, but that doesn’t need to prevent states from planning ahead for accurately equating spring 2021 summative assessments. In making that statement we assume that those tests will happen and their blueprints and administration will be unaltered while acknowledging that the conditions of learning may be very different than in the past.

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Key Takeaways for Assessment in 2020-2021

Since mid-March, Center for Assessment associates and highly-respected guest authors have written multiple CenterLine posts and other papers addressing key aspects of assessment and accountability. We have been wrestling with this question since COVID-19 disrupted the 2019-2020 school year and forced the cancellation of spring 2020 state assessments: How can assessment best be used to support teachers and students during the 2020-2021 school year? Our ideas and advice over the past several months about assessment in 2020-2021 crystallized into the following key takeaways:

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