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Our goal is to support your school, district or state in navigating assessment and accountability to help improve student learning. Here, we share the latest news and views from the Center for Assessment team.

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    Educational Assessment Accommodations State Assessment Use of Assessment Results Assessment

    A Framework to  Support States in the Selection, Documentation, and Use of Test Accommodations

    This is the fourth in a series of posts by our 2020 summer interns and their mentors based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they addressed this summer. Maura O’Riordan, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, worked with Chris Domaleski to develop guidance to help states better understand the impact of assessment accommodations on the meaning and interpretation of test scores.

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    Innovative Assessment Evaluation ESSA Assessment Accountability Performance Assessment

    Keeping up the PACE: Evaluating Grade 8 Student Achievement Outcomes for New Hampshire’s Innovative Assessment System

    This is the third in a series of posts by our 2020 summer interns and their mentors based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they addressed this summer. Alexandra Stone, from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, worked with Carla Evans on analyses to evaluate the effects on student achievement in the NH PACE program.

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    Educational Assessment Summative Classroom Assessment Remote Learning Assessment COVID-19 Response

    Part 2: A Deep Dive into Summative Classroom Assessment in a Remote or Hybrid Learning Environment

    What’s the Same and What’s Different about Classroom Assessment in 2020-2021? 

    Those responsible for summative classroom assessment in 2020-2021 face a number of daunting challenges, not the least of which is that the definition of “classroom” is wide and varied. 

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    Educational Assessment formative assessment Remote Learning Assessment COVID-19 Response

    Part 1: A Deep Dive into Formative Assessment in a Remote or Hybrid Learning Environment

    What’s the Same and What’s Different about Classroom Assessment in 2020-2021? 

    As school restarts this fall, many teachers and students are facing different learning environments than the typical back-to-school realities – including when it comes to formative classroom assessment. 

    COVID has reshaped teaching and learning in ways that could make a teacher or other educational leader wonder—what’s the same and what’s different about classroom assessment in a remote or hybrid learning environment

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    A Principled Approach to Classroom Assessment During Remote Learning

    When Mary Ann Snider and I wrote in late April, “We can seize this opportunity to create assessment experiences that require students to think deeply and to demonstrate that deep thinking,” we were not thinking that students would be engaged in remote learning again this school year. 

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    Educational Assessment comparability Validity

    Comparability of Scores on the Same Test

    In 2018, the Center was honored to be invited by the National Academy of Education to contribute two chapters to the book Comparability of Large-Scale Educational Assessments, which was released earlier this year. The Center’s chapters addressed the foundational issues surrounding the comparability of individual and aggregate group scores when students ostensibly take the same test.

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    Educational Assessment Validity Claims NGSS Assessment Use of Assessment Results

    Recommendations to Support the Validity of Claims in NGSS Assessment - Part 2

    Part 2: A New Framework for Organizing and Evaluating Claims

    This is the second in a series of posts by our 2020 summer interns and their mentors based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they addressed this summer. Sandy Student, from the University of Colorado Boulder, and Brian Gong get things started with a two-part series describing their work analyzing the validity arguments for states’ large-scale Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) assessments.

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    School Disruption Educational Assessment Assessment Systems Holistic Assessment Assessment COVID-19 Response

    Transitioning Toward Holistic Assessment Systems

    Many changes are being considered for schools in 2020-2021 and beyond in the era of COVID-19 and disruptions to schooling. Some of these include later school-year starts, blended instructional models for all students, full-on virtual delivery of content, and an extended school year to account for lost instructional time. Add to this the very real social and emotional needs of both students and adults and we need to be holistically considering school restart.

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    Educational Assessment Validity Claims NGSS Assessment Use of Assessment Results

    Recommendations to Support the Validity of Claims in NGSS Assessment

    Part 1: Designing Assessments to Support Claims

    Once again this year, we are pleased to share posts on CenterLine by our summer interns and their mentors. These posts are based on the project they undertook and the assessment and accountability issues they addressed this summer.

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    Anti-racism School Disruption Educational Assessment Accountability Assessment

    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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