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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.

Text Dependent Analysis: The Need for a Shift in Instruction and Curriculum

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.

Authors:
Jeri Thompson
Date:
2018-07-17
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.

Authors:
Juan D'Brot
Leslie Keng
Date:
2018-07-01
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.

Authors:
Juan D'Brot
Leslie Keng
Date:
2018-07-01
Innovative Assessment and Accountability Systems that Support Continuous Improvement under ESSA: Practical Considerations and Early Research

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) addresses concerns about the effects of high-stakes achievement tests by authorizing a pilot program that allows up to seven states to apply for a waiver from federal assessment and accountability regulations. These innovative assessment and accountability systems are important because they have the potential to re-align state assessment systems in such a way that there is coherence between the underlying theory of learning, goals and purposes for the assessment system, and design of the assessment system. However, there has been little focused work on specifying the practical considerations related to the design and implementation of innovative systems as well as the relationship between key elements of such systems, student achievement outcomes, and continuous improvement.

Authors:
Carla Evans
Andresse St. Rose
Paul Leather
Date:
2018-06-29
Building a Conceptual Framework for Assessment Literacy

This paper provides a review of the literature on assessment literacy and builds a conceptual framework for defining and guiding future work on assessment literacy. The framework presents assessment literacy as a context dependent and multi-dimensional construct that cannot be considered separately from an individual’s role as a teacher, administrator, policy maker, student, or parent.

Authors:
Charlie DePascale
Amy Sharp
Kelli Ryan
Damian Betebenner
Date:
2018-05-01