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Using Assessment to Support Learning Acceleration: It Takes a System! 

A First-Hand Account of Responding to Student Needs

The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s (OSDE) highest priority is keeping students and staff safe so that we can focus on learning acceleration for all students. We are also intensely focused on how assessment can be used to help address these instructional and learning needs.  To this end, in this post, I discuss the importance of a balanced system of assessment and of being very intentional about the specific purposes and uses of types of assessment within that system, especially those intended to be used to support student learning and improved instruction. 

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Following their Lead

Conversations with Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority State Leaders

Five states have been approved to implement innovative assessment pilots as part of the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As part of our 2021 Reidy Interactive Lecture Series (RILS) on assessment innovation, we thought it was critical to hear directly from these IADA leaders. 

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Innovation in Educational Assessment

Thoughts on What Has Worked Well, What Has Been Less Successful, and Why

This post is based on Charlie DePascale’s presentation during Session 1 of the virtual 2021 Reidy Interactive Lecture Series. Charlie, a Senior Associate at the Center from 2002 through 2019, enjoys writing, daily walks, and engaging in a smattering of consulting on educational assessment and accountability.

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Ensuring Assessment Systems Meet the Needs of Students with Disabilities 

Designing an Assessment Solution that Fits for All Students is Different than Fitting All Students into an Assessment Solution

In 2019-2020, the requirement to administer state summative assessments was waived for all states. In the absence of this data, many states and school districts leaned on commercial interim assessment data to inform programmatic and instructional decisions to a greater extent than they had in the past.

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Enhanced Score Reporting for a Game-Based Assessment

Game-Based Assessment Can be Fun for Students: Can We Make Its Use More Informative for Teachers?  

This is the fifth post by one of our 2021 summer interns based on their project and the assessment and accountability issues they are addressing this summer with their Center mentors. Ella Anghel, from Boston College, is working with Nathan Dadey and Will Lorié in examining data from a game-based assessment to determine an approach to summarizing the data to provide useful information to teachers.

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It’s Déjà vu All Over Again

Assessment Recommendations to Support Learning Acceleration in School Year 2021-2022 

I was asked recently if the Center was producing assessment recommendations for back-to-school this fall. My first reaction was, “wait, didn’t we already do that?” When my pandemic-induced time fog finally cleared enough, I remembered that we produced a comprehensive set of recommendations with Rebecca Kockler and our colleagues at CCSSO for assessment in fall 2020.

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Educating Pablo: A Play About Through Course Assessment Systems

Dissecting the Conundrum of Testing Throughout the Year or Once at the End in a Conversation Between Teacher and Student

Various states have advanced through-course proposals, in which states administer tests throughout the year rather than only once at the end. Some of these proposals come through the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA). Others are externally funded initiatives or proposed as a one-time spring 2021 replacement for traditional end-of-year state tests.

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It Might Just be a Pile of Bricks! 

The Challenges of Creating Balanced Assessment Systems

“…a collection of assessments does not entail a system any more than a pile of bricks entails a house.” Coladarci (2002)

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Implementing an Innovative State Assessment System While We’re Still Building It: 

Houston, I Think We Might Have a Problem

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and yet expecting different results. Recently, I have been thinking about how this adage applies to innovative state assessment systems—those systems states are developing that offer new ways of measuring student proficiency for use in state accountability systems. I have concluded that one of the reasons that successful innovation in state assessment systems has been so rare is that we continue to ask states to implement innovative assessment systems before the state or the system is ready.

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Educational Assessment and the Pandemic: What Have We Learned?  

Reflecting on the Enduring Lessons From COVID-19 

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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