As the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is implemented across the country, stakeholders and community members have sought to understand the law’s details and how ESSA will change states’ education systems. As a result of changes in accountability indicator requirements, states are re-evaluating their accountability systems and assessing whether or not changes are needed to meet ESSA requirements. Considering the magnitude of some of these changes, states must communicate the law and its associated changes to the public in a way that enables all stakeholders’ understanding. To do so, states have created and shared communication tools to provide further information and detail on the stipulations and requirements of ESSA. This Spotlight examines states' creation and use of websites to share ESSA information with stakeholders. While the content is accurate at the time of this writing, state web pages and links can change quickly. We will try to update information on a regular basis. If you have specific communication or public engagement efforts that you would like to share, please send an email to email@example.com.
An assessment system must provide decision-makers at all levels with sound information on which they can base their decisions in support of learning for all students. A comprehensive system includes different types of assessment tools and processes, used for different purposes at different levels of the system: national, state, district, school, and classroom. This paper, written by Deb Sigman, Director of the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation, and Marie Mancuso, Co-Director of the West Comprehensive Center, conceptualizes what a comprehensive system that is balanced and aligned might comprise. It also identifies what actions states, districts, and schools can take to create a comprehensive assessment system. Organized into four sections, the paper: Describes the federal response to recent testing concerns Details the purposes and characteristics of a comprehensive assessment system Outlines concrete steps that policymakers and stakeholders might consider in developing a comprehensive assessment system Provides examples from three state education agencies engaged in creating a comprehensive assessment system The paper also provides a list of online assessment resources.
With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), States have an opportunity to reflect on their overall vision and goals for education and determine how to best support that vision to achieve their goals. Collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders, States are carefully considering different elements of their education systems, including standards, assessments, and accountability systems, as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance college and career readiness for all students. States will articulate their visions and goals in the consolidated State plans or individual program State plans they provide on two possible submission dates – April 3, 2017 or September 18, 2017. An SEA may submit a consolidated State plan using either the revised template or an alternative template that addresses each requirement identified in the revised template and developed with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). If an SEA does not use the revised template, it must submit a table of contents or guide that indicates where the SEA addressed each requirement in its consolidated State plan. For any program not included in a consolidated State plan, the SEA must submit an individual program State plan that meets the statutory and regulatory requirements of each respective program. This Spotlight includes links to each State's draft State plan (if available), information and key resources regarding the development and submission of State plans, and information on how States have involved stakeholders during the development process. Information is current as of March 22, 2017.
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Achieve has created downloadable lists for each state's 2016-2017 assessments in ELA/literacy, mathematics, and science in grades 3-8 and high school. Additionally, Achieve has made available the sources for the lists in a downloadable Excel sheet with links to state webpages or documents.
Smarter Balanced has developed a new, interactive website that allows test takers to experience test questions and items in a similar manner to how they take the actual Smarter Balanced assessments. Sample items are organized by grade level and claims for ELA and math.
This U.S. Department of Education press release provides an update on the template for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated state plans. The press release includes links to a letter to chief state school officers, a fact sheet, frequently asked questions, the consolidated state plan template, and a crosswalk that highlights changes in the new template.