How many tests do students take? Is an overabundance of testing causing teachers and students to lose valuable instructional time? What are states and districts doing to get a better handle on test quantity and quality? This Center on Standards & Assessment Implemention collection includes resources to help states, districts, and schools shrink the number of tests while still meeting important purposes.
This tool from the Center on Standards Assessment and Implementation provides suggestions and questions for state and local education agencies seeking to align assessment systems with the principles of the Testing Action Plan. The questions help guide actions to assess and modify assessment systems. The resource can be modified to meet the different needs of state and local contexts and lists proposed questions/data collection strategies along with the Testing Action Plan principle to which each is aligned.
State interest in tracking the readiness of children entering kindergarten is growing. This resource from the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes is a national scan on the assessment tools that are are currently used in states to assess the development of children at kindergarten entry. The information included in this state scan may be useful to other states that are in the process of developing or revising their kindergarten entry assessments.
The publication from the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes review program requirements related to assessment, a comprehensive framework for aligned assessment, and recommended practices.
This resource assists teachers in moving from a Yearlong Plan to establishing Learning Goals and Success Criteria for daily lesson plans and formative assessment. This resource is applicable to all states' CCRS, including the CCSS. It is part of a series produced by the Center for Standards and Assessment Implementation to assist educators as they use College and Career Ready Standards to plan instruction for diverse learners.
This resource assists teachers in moving from a Yearlong Plan to establishing Learning Goals and Success Criteria for daily lesson plans and formative assessment for K-8 math college- and career-ready standards. The resource addesses two essential processes: (1) determining the series of changes that occur in student thinking or ability (i.e., "Building Blocks") that lead from the previous grade's learning to achievement of the current grade's standards, and (2) determining the associated Learning Goals and Success Criteria for Building Blocks.