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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 Next Generation of State Assessment and Accountability

This is the final installment in a three-part series on the future of large-scale state assessment and accountability. Of course, it is impossible to know the future, but forecasts for educational assessment can be informed by examining what has shaped state assessment and accountability in the past. 

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The Brian Gong Colloquium

This annual colloquium is named in honor of Brian Gong, the Center’s Co-Founder and former Executive Director. Our aspiration for this internal event is to foster the intellectual curiosity, innovative thinking, and respectful discourse Brian models. Our staff focuses on a topic that may be outside of their expertise but is likely to have a significant impact in our field of work. We spend one year gathering information on the topic, and we invite experts to join us for the colloquium to share information and engage in discussions.

The Brian Gong Colloquium provides an opportunity for Center staff to expand our knowledge and increase our effectiveness in supporting innovations and improvements in assessment and accountability.

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The Reidy Interactive Lecture Series

Since 1999, this annual conference brings together a diverse audience to engage with a timely topic in applied assessment or accountability. RILS is unique in that it allows for attendees to dive deep into a single topic and collectively share perspectives, challenges, and solutions.

RILS is named for lifelong educator Edward F. Reidy, Jr., who played a significant role in improving public education in Kentucky and across the country, particularly through standards-based reform. Since his passing in 1999, we have been proud to keep his visionary spirit alive through the Reidy Interactive Lecture Series.

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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.

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Recent Centerline Blog Posts

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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.