CCSSO's Commitment to High-Quality Assessments
In October 2014, CCSSO and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) committed to evaluate and improve the quality and quantity of student assessments in public schools. CCSSO and CGCS jointly released Commitments on High-Quality Assessments which is a set of principles to guide state leaders and district leaders in making sure every assessment administered is high-quality, coherent, and meaningful to students, parents, and teachers. CCSSO committed to increase the transparency of state assessment systems by publishing an easily accessible list of state assessments, evaluate state's assessment systems for quality and coherence, work with educational stakeholders to eliminate redundant assessments, and partner with school districts to review their benchmark and formative assessments.
These commitments build on chiefs' leadership to set forth a vision to guide the quality of assessments students are taking. In October of 2013, CCSSO, on behalf of the chiefs, set forth a set of principles to ensure the assessments they select are meeting the high-bar they expect. The principles are a tool for states to hold themselves and their assessments accountable for high quality.
In June 2015, CCSSO released Comprehensive Statewide Assessment Systems: A Framework for the Role of the State Education Agency in Improving Quality and Reducing Burden. This resource is intended to support and guide state leaders as they determine the state's role, evaluate their state assessment systems and move towards a comprehensive high-quality assessment system. Throughout this resource state efforts towards high-quality assessments are highlighted and key action steps are described in detail. States reviewing their assessment systems should consider these key actions:
• Define the goal and determine the state role
• Get the facts
• Involve the community
• Move from data collection to evaluation
• Make recommendations and implement them
• Communicate early and often
States Efforts toward High-Quality Assessments
States have taken action to increase the transparency of the state assessment system, evaluate the state assessment system for quality and coherence, work with educational stakeholders to eliminate redundant tests, and partner with school districts to review their benchmark and formative assessments.
- ProgramNational Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA)
- ProgramEarly Childhood Education (ECE)
- ProgramEnglish Language Development Assessment (ELDA)
- ProgramEnglish Learners (EL)
- ProgramFormative Assessment for Students and Teachers (FAST)
- ProgramSocial Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction (SSACI)
- ProgramTechnical Issues in Large Scale Assessment (TILSA)
- ProgramState Collaboratives on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS)