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.
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.
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.
Juan D’Brot and Scott Marion led an Assessment Task Force for the Alabama State Department of Education to help create this framework for Alabama’s next statewide assessment system.
This paper outlines a framework for setting standards for school accountability systems, which is illustrated with two state programs. Application of the framework bolsters the validity of the system for supporting the intended interpretations and uses.
Scott Marion discusses the challenges and issues associated with current high school testing models and offers some thoughts about how we can improve current practices.