Through-Year Assessment: Ten Key Considerations (Webinar)

More than a dozen states are exploring or piloting through-year assessments to replace their current end-of-year summative test for accountability. Although moving to a through-year assessment program may provide a number of benefits, it also requires considering significant tradeoffs. States that develop or adopt a through-year assessment program will have to make even tougher choices among competing priorities than they do with current assessments, since through-year poses many conceptual, technical and practical challenges.

This webinar features discussion with Center President Scott Marion and Senior Associates Nathan Dadey, Carla Evans and Will Lorié. It highlights key points from our paper, “Through-Year Assessment: Ten Key Considerations.”

The paper explores three clusters of challenges with through-year assessment and provides practical recommendations for each: (1) their conceptualization and design; (2) their relationship to curriculum and instruction; and (3) their logistical and technical challenges. The paper urges states to carefully interrogate the trade-offs inherent in any through-year assessment program, bearing in mind their state’s vision and goals. The paper also includes an appendix of through-year programs states are using or considering, organized into common models.

Watch the webinar here.

View the webinar slides here.

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Presentations from The Center’s convening on through-year assessment