Center for Assessment team members write and present extensively on topics relating to assessment and accountability. As part of our mission and in order to increase and improve assessment and accountability practices nationally, we make our guides, presentations, papers, reports and other resources widely available.
This brief provides recommendations to support state education agencies establish coherent state plans for ESSA and Perkins. It highlights key touch-points across the two laws and explains how the state’s goals and vision for student learning should serve as a common foundation for system design.
This paper, written for the 2018 Reidy Interactive Lecture Series, presents a framework for improving the coherence, flexibility, and balance of contemporary accountability systems to promote improved student outcomes.
Text dependent analysis is much more than an item type on a state test. The Center is working with states and districts to understand the curriculum and instructional implications of instructing students to respond to this college and career item type.
Accountability Identification is only the Beginning: Monitoring and Evaluating Accountability Results and Implementation
Senior Associates Juan D’Brot and Leslie Keng describe a framework to help states systematically evaluate identification decisions. In the paper, the authors present example claims, guiding questions, and assumptions to help SEAs clarify the intended purpose, use, and process associated with accountability system activities. Within the framework, assumptions are used to help practitioners and designers identify sources of information, methods, or analyses that can be used to collect information to defend each claim to support accountability validity arguments.
An Introduction to Accountability Implementation: A Preface to the Operations, Performance Standards, and Evaluation Resources
In this paper, Senior Associates Juan D’Brot and Leslie Keng describe highlight critical areas where states are poised to examine practice and collect evidence to support the development of an overall validity argument for their accountability systems. This paper serves as an overview for a series of resources the authors developed as part of the State Plan Implementation Meeting convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in April, 2018. The three areas include These areas include operations and quality control, setting performance expectations for schools, and establishing plans for monitoring and evaluating their accountability systems.