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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.

    Blog posts

    Creating a Framework for Assessment Literacy for Policymakers

    How We Can Support Education Policymakers in Making Important Assessment Decisions

    This is the first in a series of CenterLine posts by our 2019 summer interns and their Center mentors based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they addressed this summer. Brittney Hernandez from the University of Connecticut worked with Scott Marion on assessment literacy for policymakers.

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    Being Innovative Under ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority

    An Innovator's Hope

    In my previous glass-half-empty post, I outlined my considerable reservations with the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) component of the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

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    ESSA

    Balancing Skepticism and Utility in Machine Scoring

    Understanding How Machine Scoring Can Be Used Now, and What We Need to Do to Expand Its Usefulness for the Future

    Without a doubt, the public is skeptical about using machine scoring for examinees’ written responses. This skepticism makes sense because we know that machines do not score all elements of writing equally well. Machines do not “understand” creativity, irony, humor, allegory, and other literary techniques, opening them to criticism for their insufficiency in evaluating some of these more subtle qualities of writing. 

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    ESSA Educational Assessment Assessment systems

    An Education Innovator’s Dilemma

    The Challenge in Trying to Be Innovative Under ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority

    I was an early supporter and promoter of the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), but I now have serious doubts about the viability of the IADA and its ability to support deep and meaningful educational reform.

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    Part 3: What Do I Need to Know About Competency-Based Grading?

    Getting Clear about Best Practices--Competency-based Grading Done Right

    This post is the last in my three-part series on competency-based grading. In Part 1, I describe the key similarities and differences between traditional, standards-based, and competency-based grading practices.

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    Competency-based Assessment Accountability

    Part 2: What Do I Need to Know About Competency-Based Grading?

    Getting Beyond the Hype--Potential Problems with Competency-Based Grading

    This post is Part 2 of a three-part series on competency-based grading. Part 1 described the key similarities and differences between traditional, standards-based, and competency-based grading practices. 

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    Education Policy Competency-based Assessment

    Part 1: What Do I Need to Know About Competency-Based Grading?

    Getting Clear about Definitions--Similarities and Differences Among Traditional-, Standards-Based, and Competency-Based Grading Practices

    This is the first in a three-part series on competency-based grading. I was motivated to write this series because of recent conversations about competency-based grading within my children’s school district. I’ve noticed confusion about terms, misinformation, propaganda, and a general lack of high-quality resources on the subject. My goal for this series is to help guide honest and transparent conversations about key issues and best practices by: 

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    Assessment Accountability

    Beyond Faster and Cheaper, Could Automated Scoring Produce Better Scores?

    Using Advances in Technology to Improve the Quality of Educational Assessment

    Earlier this month, the Center for Assessment held its 15th annual colloquium, the first named in honor of Center co-founder, Brian Gong. The Brian Gong Colloquium is a two-day meeting arranged by the Center for Assessment to discuss select topics of importance in testing and accountability with recognized experts. 

    The 2019 meeting focused on the present and future use of learning analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in educational assessment, and highlighted topics including:

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    Assessment RILS

    Stuck in the Middle With Interim Assessments

    Improving the Selection, Use, and Evaluation of Interim Assessments

    How do you select an interim assessment that will meet your specific goals and needs?  

    What assessment characteristics are necessary to support a particular test use, and what evidence of quality should be evaluated to determine whether that use is supported? 

    How do you know if educators and schools are appropriately interpreting and using assessment results? 

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    Assessment Accountability Education Policy

    Discussing What Matters at the National Conference on Student Assessment

    The Latest Insights, Innovations, and Ongoing Inquiries in Assessment and Accountability from the Center Team and Our Partners

    Each June, the Center team and our partners gather with others around the country for the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) National Conference on Student Assessment to share our work on K-12 assessment and accountability matters. 

    CCSSO has said about this year’s upcoming event, “the goal of the 2019 conference is to give states a forum to share the best practices, strategies, research studies, resources, and innovative methods when measuring student learning and holding districts and schools accountable for educational progress.” 

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