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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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The Interim Assessment Toolkit

The Center for Assessment has designed a multi-phase interim assessment toolkit intended to help districts identify gaps and needs within their assessment systems, develop a theory of action based on those findings, and guide districts through the selection, use, and evaluation of interim assessments.

Getting What You Need Out of an Interim Assessment

New Hampshire Superintendent Kadie Wilson explains how her district engaged in design thinking to create an assessment system that would provide high-quality instruction, curricula, and assessment practices.

Case Study: The Selection, Use, and Evaluation of Interim Assessments in Wyoming

Hear from members of the Wyoming Department of Education’s Standards and Assessment Team, as well as a district curriculum director, to learn how they overcame specific challenges in the implementation of a new interim assessment, and what the assessment is doing for the state today.

The Interim Assessment Challenge

There has long been a challenge associated with how interim assessments are selected, used, and evaluated. Hear from educators from the Wyoming Department of Education as they detail their approach to interim assessments to improve student learning and performance.

A Conference Unlike Any Other

The Center’s annual Reidy Interactive Lecture Series conference brings together education professionals from states and school districts across the country. Hear from some of our staff and multi-year attendees about how the conference has helped promote important change in assessment, accountability, and student learning.

New & Noteworthy

Recent Centerline Blog Posts

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Educational Assessment and the Pandemic: What Have We Learned?  

A year ago the pandemic changed everything, including the way we think about educational assessment. Although COVID-19 was well on its way to becoming a global pandemic in early 2020, it wasn’t until the second week of March that I, like many Americans, realized the full scale of the impact.  Then, the pandemic suddenly became one of those rare things that I never thought about until it was the only thing I thought about.   

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Here Comes the Sun – Research and Testing Conferences are Back!

The arrival of spring brings with it the spring 2021 conference season – another sign that we may be moving out of the extended COVID-19 winter. Among the first events canceled last spring, annual educational research and testing conferences are returning this spring, albeit with virtual formats. Center professionals welcome these opportunities to share our work with the broader academic and practice communities and to learn about the latest thinking and research that will shape our future.

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Including Missing Data in the Estimate of the Impact of the Pandemic on Student Learning

It has been a year since COVID-19 made it impossible for states to administer state assessment programs last spring. Since then, multiple studies using data from commercial “interim” assessments have been put forward to help the field understand the pandemic’s impact on student learning. Through these special “learning loss” studies, assessment vendors have attempted to shed light on the effects of COVID-19 on learning nationally. In this three-part CenterLine series, we address the practical implications of these studies for learning recovery.