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50-State Analysis of the Prepartion of Teachers and the Conditions for Teaching: Results from the NCES Schools and Staffing Survey
As part of the CCSSO efforts to report on indicators of education quality in our public schools, we have conducted an analysis of data from the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). …
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A Framework for Examining Validity in State Accountability Systems
Without validation evidence for their accountability systems, states would be unable to effectively defend against lawsuits, likely lose credibility among their stakeholders, and almost cert …
Categories: Literature Review, Practice Guide / Handbook , Case Studies | Type: Publication

A Guide to Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) Systems
This guide is intended to provide those responsible for procuring CAT systems with questions they can use to tease out differences across competing CAT delivery systems to make better-inform …
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A Practitioner’s Introduction to Equating with Primers on Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory
There are a number of substantive and technical issues involved in equating and many potential pitfalls. This handbook was written for assessment practitioners working in state departments o …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

A Practitioner's Guide to Growth Models

A Practitioner's Guide to Growth Models
A Practitioner's Guide to Growth Models clearly describes different ways to calculate student academic growth and to make judgments about the adequacy of that growth. It helps to clarify the …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication
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A Practitioner's Introduction to Equating
A Practitioner's Introduction to Equating …
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A Quiet Crisis (Early Childhood) Policy Statement
A quiet crisis is threatening the future of America. Deeply rooted achievement gaps andshortfalls, and a lack of high-quality early learning opportunities compromise the potentialof too many …
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A Review and Empirical Comparison of Approaches for Improving the Reliability of Objective Level Scores
This paper addresses the psychometric issues associated with estimating objective level scores, often referred to as subscores. The paper introduces the concepts of reliability and validity …
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A Review and Empirical Comparison of Approaches for Improving the Reliability of Objective Level Scores
This paper reports on an evaluation of the psychometric issues associated with estimating objective level scores, often referred to as 'subscores.' Methods for increasing the reliability of …
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A Study of States’ Requests for Waivers from Requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: New Developments in 2013-14
Updating and Expanding an Earlier Summary, Analysis, and Commentary on States’ Requests for Waivers in Order to Implement Next-Generation Educational Accountability Systems and Approval Deci …
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Accommodations Manual - How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities
The Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodation for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities presents a five-step process for Individu …
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Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners with Disabilities
Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners with Disabilities …
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Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate the Use Of Accomocations For Instruction and Assessment Of Students With Disabilities
The Council of Chief State School Officers' Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate the Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilit …
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Accommodations Professional Development Guide
This publication provides a foundation and context for the use of accommodations by students with disabilities. When students have engaged in standards-based instruction with support provide …
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Accountability to Drive Continuous Improvement under ESSA
A working group facilitated by the Innovation Lab Network (ILN) of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), the Stanford Center for Opportunit …
Category: Research Report | Type: Publication
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Addressing Two Commonly Unrecognized Sources of Score Instability in Annual State Assessments
Phillips contends that there are two unrecognized sources of error variance in statistics based on state testing data that contribute to score instability: (a) increased error due to samplin …
Category: Research Report | Type: Publication

Addressing Two Commonly Unrecognized Sources of Score Instability in Annual State Assessments
The work reported in this paper reflects a collaborative effort of many individuals representing multiple organizations. It began during a session at the October 2008 meeting of TILSA when a …
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Alignment and the States: Three Approaches to Aligning the National Assessment of Educational Progress with State Assessments, Other Assessments, and Standards
This report will help states understand three alignment approaches: the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Education Statistics Services Institute (ESSI) Procedural Manual; t …
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Alignment Content Analysis of NAEP 2009 Science Assessment with the methodology of Surveys of Enacted Curriculum
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) conducted an alignment content analysis of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading and Science Assessments administere …
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Alignment Content Analysis of TIMSS and PISA Mathematics and Science Assessments Using the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum Methodology
Through the SEC Collaborative, CCSSO conducted an alignment content analysis of the 2007 TIMSS Mathematics and Science education assessments for students at grades 4 and 8 and the 2006 PISA …
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An Analysis of Accommodations Issues from the Standards and Assessments Peer Review
Second in a series of three publications for states addressing accommodations and students with disabilities. This publication provides a comprehensive analysis of the peer review guidance i …
Categories: Literature Review, Research Report, Case Studies | Type: Publication

Assessing Students' Affect Related to Assessment for Learning
Teachers who currently implement AFL have no systematic way of discerning the affective impact of this approach on their students. In an effort to provide teachers with tools for tracking st …
Categories: Literature Review, Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

Assessing Students with Disabilities: A Glossary of Assessment Terms in Everyday Language
This glossary provides an update to the 2003 glossary designed to provide user-friendly definitions of critical assessment terms. …
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Attributes of Effective Formative Assessment
This brief paper describes five key attributes that have been identified from the literature as critical features of effective formative assessment. …
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Building an Interim Assessment System: A Workbook for School
The 2008 publication and the companion workbook (2010) provide a definition and corresponding framework for a thorough, district-level self-examination of readiness for the development or ac …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

Building an Interim Assessment System: A Workbook for School Districts
This workbook contains the vision, infrastructure, and resource questions critical to a thorough, district-level self-examination of readiness for an interim assessment system. Staff at stat …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Inquiry in Social Studies State Standards
Ensuring all students are college and career ready will mean that that states take time to update and upgrade all of their content standards. Simply focusing on the subjects in the Common Co …
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CCSSO Accessibility Manual: How To Select, Administer, And Evaluate Use Of Accessibility Supports For Instruction And Assessment Of All Students

CCSSO Accessibility Manual: How To Select, Administer, And Evaluate Use Of Accessibility Supports For Instruction And Assessment Of All Students
CCSSO Accessibility Manual: How To Select, Administer, And Evaluate Use Of Accessibility Supports For Instruction And Assessment Of All Students …
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CCSSO Data Privacy & Security Policy Statement
This data privacy and security policy statement was adopted by the CCSSO Board of Directors at its November 2013 meeting. …
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Chiefs’ Pocket Guide to Class Size: A Research Synthesis to Inform State Class Size Policies

Chiefs’ Pocket Guide to Class Size: A Research Synthesis to Inform State Class Size Policies
A guide to make sense of current and historical class size research literature for use by Chief State School Officers and state education agnecy staff …
Category: Topical Research Summary | Type: Publication
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Chiefs’ Research Primer: Measures of Effective Teaching study on teacher observation

Chiefs’ Research Primer: Measures of Effective Teaching study on teacher observation
A summary of Measures of Effective Teaching’s (MET) findings in "Gathering Feedback for Teaching: Combining High-Quality Observations with Student Surveys and Achievement Gains," 2012. …
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Closing the Gap in Reading and Math: NAEP Trends Show Significant Positive Effects for Almost Half the States
CCSSO has analyzed the state-level NAEP trends (available from the U.S. Department of Education online through the NAEP Report Card, A valid and useful method of applying state-level student …
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Closing the Gap in Science Achievement: Using NAEP Science Assessment Scores to Analyze State Trends
Since the 1990s, CCSSO has analyzed and reported state-level National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) trends using the student scores by state from one year’s assessment and compar …
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College and Career Readiness Standards and Research-Identified Transition Skills

College and Career Readiness Standards and Research-Identified Transition Skills
College and Career Readiness Standards and Research-Identified Transition Skills …
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Commonly Unrecognized Error Variance in Statewide Assessment Programs: Sources of Error Variance and What Can Be Done to Reduce Them
This report summarizes the Phillips’ work on commonly unrecognized sources of error variance (or random variations in assessment results) and provides actions states can take to identify and …
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Competency Education Series: Policy Brief One
Part one of the Competency based education series includes a working definition for competency education, examples of states doing the ground breaking work in this area and an appropriate ro …
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Confronting the Quiet Crisis: How Chief State School Officers are Advancing Quality Early Childhood Opportunities
This report shows how chiefs in five states led efforts to expand and improve early learning opportunities. …
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Connecting High-Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities and the Common Core State Standards to Advance Student Success
This brief explores ways to strengthen ELOs by building their connection to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. …
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Consistency for State Achievement Standards under NCLB
This paper provides suggestions and recommendations to state departments and state policy makers for setting consistent standards across grade levels. An argument is made that the new requir …
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Content and Instruction in Focus
The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum will pinpoint how instruction aligns with content by to guide users to answer critical questions. …
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Creating Aligned Standards and Assessments
This paper provides a discussion of lessons learned in addition to suggestions and recommendations to state departments and state policy makers for revising academic content standards in a m …
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Determining Adequate Yearly Progress in a State Performance or Proficiency Index Model
The purpose of this paper is to present an overview regarding how several states use a performance or proficiency index in their determination of adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the No …
Categories: Literature Review, Research Report, Case Studies | Type: Publication

Developing Alternate Assessment Technical Adequacy (DAATA)
The DAATA Handbook is a state resource for evaluating and documenting the technical quality of alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with signi …
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Distinguishing Formative Assessment from Other Educational Assessment Labels
The FAST SCASS has identified a modest collection of the labels that are currently used to describe various educationalassessment types. Assessment, in our view, includes more than tradition …
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District Audit Tool
This paper includes methods for states to diagnose district functioning in research-based dimensions that correlate to positive student achievement gains on standards-based assessments. …
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Does Teacher Professional Development Have Effects on Teaching and Learning? Analysis of Evaluation Findings from Programs for Mathematics and Science Teachers in 14 States
CCSSO conducted a study of teacher professional development programs in mathematics and science through a grant from the National Science Foundation. …
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Educare: Re-envisioning Education Beginning at Birth

Educare: Re-envisioning Education Beginning at Birth
This issue brief, written for education and state policy leaders, provides a detailed description of the Educare early childhood model. …
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Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World
This publication of CCSSO and the Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning puts forward a new definition for global competence and explores how to infuse the capacities of global compete …
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Educational Leadership Policy Standards: ISLLC 2008 as Adopted by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration
This document represents the latest set of high-level policy standards for education leadership. It provides guidance to state policymakers as they work to improve education leadership prepa …
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Effects of Teacher Professional Development Gains in Student Achievement: How Meta Analysis Provides Evidence Useful to Education Leaders
CCSSO was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a meta analysis study with the goal of providing state and local education leaders with scientifically-based evidenc …
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ELDA Brochure
A brochure for the ELDA product. …
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Evaluating the Comparability of Scores from Achievement Test Variations
In 2006, a consortium of state departments of education, led by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Council of Chief State School Officers, was awarded a grant from t …
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Evolving Coherent Systems of Accountability for Next Generation Learning:  A Decision Framework

Evolving Coherent Systems of Accountability for Next Generation Learning: A Decision Framework
Several states, including those in CCSSO’s Innovation Lab Network, are supporting local practitioners to rethink how to redesign classroom environments to deliver better outcomes for all stu …
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Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Policy Statement
Since 1998, CCSSO has researched and developed activities to build state capacity to support the growth, implementation, and sustainability of high-quality ELOs. This policy statement, which …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

Exploring Multiple Measure Dashboards
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) are excited to launch a webinar s …
Category: Research Report | Type: Publication
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Formative Assessment and Next-Generation Assessment Systems: Are We Losing an Opportunity?

Formative Assessment and Next-Generation Assessment Systems: Are We Losing an Opportunity?
With this publication, CCSSO seeks to illuminate and enrich the discussions around student assessment and help lead the development of more effective ways to assess student learning. These d …
Category: Literature Review | Type: Publication
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Formative Assessment for Students with Disabilities

Formative Assessment for Students with Disabilities
Formative Assessment for Students with Disabilities …
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Formative Assessment: Examples of Practices
The purpose of this document is to provide examples of the FAST SCASS definition of formative assessment in practice, according to the attributes of effective formative assessment. …
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Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards
The ELPD Framework outlines the underlying English language practices found in the CCSS and the NGSS, communicates to ELL stakeholders the language that all ELLs must acquire in order to suc …
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards
A frequently asked questions document on the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards …
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Funding Streams to Assist Supports and Interventions
Federal and state funding sources are often allocated to finance supports and interventions for schools and districts, particularly for those efforts in a state’s lowest performing schools. …
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Global Education Policy Statement
More than ever before, students from around the globe are learning to adapt to change and to capitalize on expanding opportunities to become multilingual and learn to use mathematics, scienc …
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Growth Model Comparison Study: A Summary of Results
This paper is a summary of the Goldschmidt multi-state study (2012) and is intended to provide timely and comprehensible information for practitioners and other stakeholders who may not have …
Categories: Literature Review, Research Report | Type: Publication

Growth Model Comparison Study: Practical Implications of Alternative Models for Evaluating School Performance

Growth Model Comparison Study: Practical Implications of Alternative Models for Evaluating School Performance
This paper reports on an empirical study that compared the results of applying nine different analytic growth models to a large multi-state longitudinal data set (four consecutive years divi …
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Guide to United States Department of Education Growth Model Pilot Program 2005-2008
This report summarizes the U.S. Department of Education growth model pilot program from its inception through the conclusion of the pilot period when the growth model program was opened up t …
Categories: Practice Guide / Handbook , Case Studies | Type: Publication

High School Graduation: State Policies Driving Transparency and Success
The report describes recent state actions aimed at ensuring all students graduate from high school college-and career-ready, and policy issues such as graduation rate calculations, accountab …
Category: Topical Research Summary | Type: Publication

Hints and Tips for Addressing Accommodations Issues for Peer Review
First in a series of three publications for states addressing accommodations and students with disabilities. This publication is a quick reference for states preparing for peer review. …
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How to Use SEC Charts to Compare Common Core State Standards with prior State Standards
In 2010, the CCSSO Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) State Collaborative conducted a content analysis of the new Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. Now, …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

Implementer’s Guide to Growth Models
This document discusses the theoretical and practical issues states will face as they design andimplement statewide achievement growth models to be used with accountability systems. Examples …
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Improving Accommodations Outcomes: Monitoring Instructional and Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Third in a series of three publications for states addressing accommodations and students with disabilities. This publication provides a comprehensive professional development guide for stat …
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Innovate to Educate: System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning - A Report from the 2010 Symposium
On August 4-6, 2010, CCSSO, ACSD, and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) convened 150 education thought leaders, practitioners, and technology providers in Boston, Massac …
Category: Research Report | Type: Publication

Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning

Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is proud to release a new framework state education leaders and policymakers can use to find innovative ways to make sure every child gradu …
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InTASC Model Core Standards At a Glance
This resource is a handy reference sheet listing all 10 InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue (April 2011) on two pages. …
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InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards 2011 MS Word Version
InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (2011): MS Word Version of Standards Text Only …
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InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue (April 2011)

InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue (April 2011)
The standards represent clear expectations about what all teachers should know and be able to do if they are going to improve achievement for our next generation of students. …
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InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue (April 2011)

InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue (April 2011)
The standards represent clear expectations about what all teachers should know and be able to do if they are going to improve achievement for our next generation of students. …
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InTASC Research Summaries by Standard
InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards Research Studies Templates by Standard 2011 …
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InTASC Research Synthesis
InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards Research Synthesis 2011 …
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Interim Assessment Practices and Avenues for State Involvement
To help describe the range of recent practice in the use of "interim assessments" (medium-scale, medium cycle assessments), this study employed a case-study approach. This report profiles se …
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Interim Assessment Practices and Avenues for State Involvement – Appendices
This is a companion piece to the study summarizing the findings from case-studies profiling seven jurisdictions that administer, or support the use of, interim or benchmark assessments. Det …
Categories: Literature Review, Case Studies | Type: Publication

Key Elements for Educational Accountability Models
The purpose of this report is to summarize the work that had been done prior to 2008 on develop­ing a set of standards for a good/valid accountability system. In addition, this paper describ …
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Key Elements for Educational Accountability Models in Transition: A Guide for Policymakers
State educational accountability models are in transition. Whether modifying the present accountability system to comply with existing state and federal requirements or anticipating new ones …
Categories: Research Report, Practice Guide / Handbook , Case Studies | Type: Publication

Key State Education Policies on PK-12 Education: 2008
This CCSSO report informs policymakers and educators about the current status of key education policies across the 50 states that define and shape elementary and secondary education in publi …
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Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions: The Innovation Lab Network State Framework for College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness, and Implications for State Policy

Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions: The Innovation Lab Network State Framework for College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness, and Implications for State Policy
This white paper provides the Innovation Lab Network's framework for defining college and career readiness consistent with deeper learning, and describes policy and implementation considerat …
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Learning About Assessment: An Evaluation of a Ten-State Effort to Build Assessment Capacity in High Schools
In 2006, the State of Delaware and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) partnered with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) to conduct an evaluation of a ten- …
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Learning About Assessment: Evaluation of a Ten-State Effort to Build Assessment Capacity in High Schools
In 2006, the State of Delaware and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) partnered with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) to conduct an evaluation of a ten- …
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Learning Progressions: Supporting Instruction and Formative Assessment
This paper describes the characteristics of learning progressions and how they can support teachers' use of formative assessment. The paper was commissioned and supported by the FAST SCASS. …
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Lessons Learned: Implementing and Improving Comprehensive and Balanced Learning and Assessment Systems in High School - A Report for State Education Leaders - Final Report from the Delaware Enhanced Assessment Grant
The Delaware Enhanced Assessment Grant project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education as an initiative to assist 10 state departments of education teams, and local school district an …
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Literature Review for the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (2011)

Literature Review for the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (2011)
The purpose of the literature review is to a) identify areas within the updated InTASC standards that are supported by empirical evidence and b) identify areas within the standards that are …
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Making Decisions:Transition from State Standards to Common Core Standards
Since the beginning of the standards-based movement under the Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) continuing through the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), national ob …
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Mathematics & Science Education Task Force Executive Summary, 2006
The CCSSO Mathematics and Science Education Task Force convened to address a common set of concerns regarding the condition of mathematics and science education on the United States. …
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Mathematics & Science Education Task Force Recommendations, 2006
In May 2006, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) President Valerie Woodruff and the Board of Directors commissioned the creation of a mathematics and science education task force …
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Missouri Leadership Development System- Emerging Level Facilitator Guide
The primary purpose of the Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) is the development and support of effective school leaders. Effective school leadership is an essential factor to ens …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication
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Moving Forward with Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Efforts
This paper provides guidance developed by CCSSO's Early Childhood Education Assessment State Collaborative on the assessment of young children at the start of formal schooling. …
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Necessary for Success: Building Mastery of World-Class Skills – A State Policymakers Guide to Competency Education
An opportunity for state leaders to reflect upon the efforts of contemporaries around the country, Necessary for Success shares insights into re-engineering the policy and practices of our K …
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Operational Best Practices for Statewide Large-Scale Assessment Programs - Version 2013
Operational Best Practices for Statewide Large-Scale Assessment Programs - Version 2013 …
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Operational Best Practices for Statewide Large-Scale Assessment Programs 2013 Edition
In June 2006, the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) began discussions to identify and publish a set of voluntary, non-regulatory bes …
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Our Responsibility, Our Promise: Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession

Our Responsibility, Our Promise: Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession
Our Responsibility, Our Promise: Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession was written by a CCSSO task force composed of current and former chief state school officers, …
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Partnership for Next Generation Learning Overview
Over the past two years, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has been engaged in an intensive effort to chart a course to transform our public education system. To bring this …
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Performance Counts Assessment Systems that Support High Quality Learning
This white paper describes what a student assessment system could look like ifbuilt from the principles and best practices found in current educationalresearch and effective educational syst …
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Performance Expectations and Indicators for Education Leaders for Education Leaders
The Performance Expectations and Indicators for Education Leaders were developed by members of SCEL and funded by their state participation fees. We would like to thank the representatives o …
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Performance, Value, and Accountability: Public Policy Goals and Legal Implications of the Use of Performance Assessments in the Preparation and Licensing of Educators
Performance, Value, and Accountability: Public Policy Goals and Legal Implications of the Use of Performance Assessments in the Preparation and Licensing of Educators …
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Policy Statement on ESEA Reauthorization
This policy statement presents a vision for a “new deal” to guide reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA). States must continue to lead the way with bold, thoughtf …
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Policy Statement on School Health
The education community must look beyond standards setting and systems of accountability and join with public- and private sector mental health, health, and social services providers to addr …
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Policymakers’ Guide to Growth Models for School Accountability: How Do Accountability Models Differ?
The purpose of this paper is to define the key differences between the statistical models that can be used for school accountability and to examine the various factors important in making de …
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Principles and Processes for State Leadership on Next-Generation Accountability Systems
These principles serve as the framework for the design of new accountability systems and each state will build upon these principles to develop its own unique system that best fits its speci …
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Promises to Keep: Transforming Educator Preparation to Better Serve a Diverse Range of Learners

Promises to Keep: Transforming Educator Preparation to Better Serve a Diverse Range of Learners
State education chiefs have taken the lead to transform educator preparation across the country. In 2012, CCSSO published Our Responsibility: Our Promise, recommendations for transforming te …
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Quality Assurance Practices Associated with Producing Cohort Graduation Rates
This paper is the second in a series exploring methods of implementing quality assurance practices in statewide accountability systems and focuses on the calculation of cohort graduation rat …
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Quality Control Checklist for Item Development and Test Form Construction
This checklist has been developed for use by state education agency staff to review developed test items and test forms submitted by vendors or item development committees. This checklist ca …
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Quality Control Checklist for Processing, Scoring, and Reporting
This checklist is appropriate for use with high-stakes tests as well as most other types of assessments and focuses on the quality control procedures for processing, scoring, and reporting. …
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Recommendations from the CCSSO Accountability Advisory Committee: A Vision for Improved Education Accountability Systems
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has a vision of improved education accountability systems. CCSSO recently convened a broad-based group of education leaders in an Accountab …
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Reference Performance Level Descriptors: Outcome of a National Working Session on Defining an “English Proficient” Performance Standard
This document is the second in a series of working papers that elaborate on a framework of four key stages in moving toward a common definition of English learner (EL). …
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Reprising the Home Language Survey: Summary of a National Working Session on Policies, Practices, and Tools for Identifying Potential English Learners
This document is the first in a series of working papers that elaborate on a framework of four key stages in moving toward a common definition of English learner, as described in the CCSSO p …
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Research-based Practices for Creating Access to the General Curriculum in Mathematics for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities
Review of literature and research regarding research-based practices in mathematics for students with significant intellectual disabilities. …
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Research-based Practices for Creating Access to the General Curriculum in Reading and Literacy for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities
Review of literature and research regarding research-based practices in reading and literacy for students with significant intellectual disabilities. …
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Research-based Practices for Creating Access to the General Curriculum in Science for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities
Review of literature and research regarding research-based practices in science for students with significant intellectual disabilities. …
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Roadmap for Competency-based Systems: Leveraging Next Generation Technologies
The Innovation Lab Network- a network of nine states facilitated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)-, and 2Revolutions, a national education design lab, released the Roadm …
Categories: Practice Guide / Handbook , Case Studies | Type: Publication, Website

Roadmap for Next-Generation State Accountability Principles
The Roadmap for Developing Next-Generation Accountability Systems (Roadmap) starts to operationalize the principles. It presents a vision for next-generation accountability systems to suppor …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

School Choice in the States: A Policy Landscape
In order to support its member chief state school officers in making critical decisions about school choice policies, CCSSO has undertaken an effort to encourage the discussion of school cho …
Category: Research Report | Type: Publication

Score Comparability across Computerized Assessment Delivery Devices

Score Comparability across Computerized Assessment Delivery Devices
Score Comparability across Computerized Assessment Delivery Devices …
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SDI FAQ Topic 1- Identification of Schools

SDI FAQ Topic 1- Identification of Schools
SDI FAQ Topic 1- Identification of Schools …
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Standards for Educational Leaders: An Analysis
The purpose of this report: Standards for Educational Leaders: An Analysis, written by Mary Canole (CCSSO) and Michelle D. Young (UCEA), is to review the ISLLC 2008 standards in light of tod …
Category: Topical Research Summary | Type: Publication
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State Assessment Program Item Banks: Model Language for Requests for Proposals (RFP) and Contracts
This document provides recommendations for request for proposal (RFP) and contract language that state education agencies can use to specify their requirements for access to test item banks. …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

State Education Indicators with a Focus on Title I 2001-2002
State Education Indicators with a Focus on Title I 2001-02 is based on two-page profiles that report the same indicators for each state and it is the seventh in a series. …
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State End-of-Course Testing Programs: A Policy Brief
State policy makers increasingly rely on end-of-course (EOC) tests to support a variety of purposes and uses. Prominent among these uses are accountability initiatives at the student, teache …
Categories: Research Report, Practice Guide / Handbook , Case Studies | Type: Publication

State Growth Models for School Accountability: Progress on Developing and Reporting
States have increased interest in the use of growth models for school accountability. Growth models are based on tracking change in individual student achievement scores over multiple years …
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State Indicators of Science and Mathematics Education 2007
The present report on state indicators of science and math education for 2007 is the latest in a series of biennial reports on state and national indicators that were initiated in 1991. The …
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State of the States: Open Educational Resources in K-12 Education
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will create new opportunities for states to collaborate and leverage investments of public funds around materials, resources, and …
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State Policy Implications of the Model Core Teaching Standards
This paper is a companion to the Model Core Teaching Standards, outlining key considerations, recommendations, and cautions for using the core teaching standards to create a supportive state …
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State Policy Implications of the Model Core Teaching Standards (Draft Discussion Document)
This discussion paper is a companion piece to the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialog (April 2011) and describes policy levers states can use to adopt and imple …
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Statewide Educational Accountability Systems Under the NCLB Act—A Report on 2009 and 2010 Amendments to State Plans
The conclusion of the 2010–11 school year will mark nine plus years since enactment of the No Child Left BehindAct of 2001 (NCLB). Throughout this period, numerous states—sometimes almost ev …
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Summer Learning Opportunities in High-Poverty Schools
report highlights five effective summer learning programs, based in high-poverty schools, that have contributed to improved student achievement. …
Category: Case Studies | Type: Publication

Supporting Student Success: The Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities
This report describes policy strategies pursued by six states with funding from the Mott Foundation to integrate expanded learning opportunities into education reform. …
Category: Research Report | Type: Publication

Surveys of Enacted Curriculum: Content & Instruction In Focus
Information about the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum process and benefits …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness Policies
CCSSO and the Aspen Institute released a set of recommendations for forging coherence across common core and educator effectiveness. Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Commo …
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The Common Core State Standards: Insight into Their Development and Purpose
This publication provides a clear, concise, and accurate summary of the rationale and development process of the Common Core, along with a summary of the research base supporting the standar …
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The Future of Career Technical Education (CTE) Assessment Executive Summary
On behalf of the states that participated in the 2009–10 State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) on Technical Skills Assessment, this paper addresses two significant …
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The Quality Imperative: A State Guide to Achieving the Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities
This publication highlights the characteristics of high-quality ELOs and the specific action steps state leaders can take to lead the effort to implement a comprehensive state ELO quality sy …
Categories: Topical Research Summary , Case Studies | Type: Publication

TILSA Test Security Guidebook
As the testing environment is shifting with new reliance on technology, common tests across states, and more personal stakes for educators, the security of state testing programs will be acu …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

Toolkit for Evaluating Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials
In joint partnership, CCSSO, Achieve, and Student Achievement Partners have developed a Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core Stat …
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Toward a “Common Definition of English Learner”
States participating in the Smarter Balanced or Partnership for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) assessment consortia as well as those participating in either of the two English lang …
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Toward a “Common Definition of English Learner”: Guidance for States and State Assessment Consortia in Defining and Addressing Policy and Technical Issues and Options
States participating in the four federally-funded assessment consortia are required to establish a “common definition of English Learner.” This paper provides guidance that consortium member …
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TRANSFORMING EDUCATION: Delivering on Our Promise to Every Child
It is imperative that we transform the national education agenda so that each and every child may succeed. CCSSO, has worked in collaboration with members, partners and thought leaders to id …
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Transition to High-Quality, College- and Career-Ready Assessments: Principles to Guide State Leadership and Federal Requirements
States across the nation are implementing comprehensive reforms to ensure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills required for success in postsecondary education and the wor …
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Validation of Uses and Interpretations of State Assessments
This paper focuses on consequential validity, an area of validity that states have not directly addressed as part of the NCLB peer review process. Primary attention is given to evidence rega …
Categories: Literature Review, Case Studies | Type: Publication

Validity Threats: Detection and Control Practices for State and Local Education Officials
The passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) required all states to implement or revise accountability and reporting systems using a set of business rules prescribed within the …
Categories: Literature Review, Research Report, Case Studies | Type: Publication

Validity Threats: Detection and Control Practices for State and Local Education Officials
Validity Threats: Detection and Control Practices for State and Local Education Officials (CCSSO, 2006) is designed to assist states with developing accountability systems. …
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Vertical Scaling in Standards-Based Educational Assessment and Accountability Systems
This paper describes vertical scaling as a method for linking a set of test forms of increasing difficulty, and explores the applicability of these methods for standards-based educational ac …
Categories: Literature Review, Research Report | Type: Program, Publication

Vertical Scaling in Standards-Based Educational Assessment and Accountability Systems
This paper describes vertical scaling as a method for linking a set of test forms of increasing difficulty, and explores the applicability of these methods for standards-based educational ac …
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