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Through Year Assessment State Testing Validity Accountability Innovative Assessment Assessment

Trying to Serve Multiple Uses with Through Year Assessments

Assumptions, Claims, and the Evidence Needed to Support Them

Assumptions lead to claims about the types of inferences and uses that an assessment system is intended to support. Strong assumptions require strong evidence. This axiom holds true for educational measurement and most other scientific endeavors. The current interest in through year assessments appears to be based on very strong assumptions about the multiple purposes through year assessments may serve. Is there evidence to support these assumptions?

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Educational Assessment Innovative Assessment IADA RILS Assessment

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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Educational Assessment Student Equity Curriculum Curriculum-Embedded Assessment Classroom Assessment Assessment COVID-19 Response

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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Making a Bad Situation Worse

Poor Grading Practices Lead to Negative Consequences

The recent controversy over the awarding of the valedictorian and salutatorian at West Point High School in Mississippi highlighted long-documented problems with grading practices. In case you missed it, you can read accounts of the story here and here.

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Center Updates Assessment Accountability

Spring 2021 Conference Season: The Sequel

Center Participation at the NCME and CCSSO NCSA Virtual Conferences

We welcomed the Spring 2021 conference season with Center participation in national and regional conferences that occurred virtually in April. 

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Balanced Assessment Educational Assessment Theory of Assessment Assessment

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

Conference Season is a Welcome Break from the Long Winter

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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Assessment Reform Educational Assessment Accountability Assessment Education Policy

Accountability as a Roadblock to Assessment Reform

Advocating for Changes to Federal Accountability Requirements to Enable Innovative Assessment

Many of us at the Center for Assessment have led assessment reform for decades, including such noteworthy programs as the Kentucky writing and math portfolios, Wyoming’s Body of Evidence System, and Rhode Island’s Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements. Most recently, we have supported several state leaders in gaining approval for the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to design assessment systems that elevate teaching and learning.

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What’s Wrong with Grading this Year? The Same Things That are Wrong Every Year.

What We Can Learn About Both Student Engagement and Grading Systems from Current Failure Rates

EducationWeek recently printed a terrific summary by Stephen Sawchuk about the number of students receiving failing grades this year. He asks, “Should schools be giving so many failing grades this year?” The answer is most likely no. The article reveals many current issues with grading but also exposes several of the long-standing problems with grades and grading practices.

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Educational Assessment Remote Testing comparability school disruptions Assessment COVID-19 Response

One-Sided “Advice” on Remote Test Administration Isn’t Fair to States

Acknowledging the Lack of Evidence that Remote Testing Can Measure Up to In-Person Testing

A recent article in Forbes Magazine by Jim Cowen painted an irresponsibly rosy picture of remote test administration. The two organizations that coordinated the interviews on which the article was based, The Collaborative for Student Success and EducationCounsel, have been unabashed in their advocacy for returning to state summative testing in spring 2021.

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