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The goal of close reading is to enable students to deeply engage with high-quality, challenging texts so that they will achieve key goals of College and Career Ready Standards by being able to read, comprehend, and evaluate increasingly complex text independently. This Spotlight centers on the CSAI...

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Educational achievement is a pressing issue today for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. National and state assessment results show that AI/AN youth underperform compared to their peers in other groups. Across the board, AI/AN students graduate from high school at a lower rate and drop...

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The Framework is a compilation of ideas and lessons learned from a variety of sources, most recently the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) implementation plans. The Framework provides a general model for implementing new or revised content standards...

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Notes from the Field feature updates about assessment, standards, and accountability implementation from the field of K–12 education. These short posts are reflections of what CSAI staff have observed or encountered in their work with states and educators. Recent Post: Collaborative Expertise -...

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As a result of technical assistance requests from various stakeholders, CSAI has conducted comprehensive scans or reviews of states’ efforts surrounding teacher evaluation, standards, assessment, and accountability systems. In this section, findings and data are presented in two formats: Updates,...

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Results from pilot/field tests and early implementers have shown significant drops in student scores across grade levels and subjects. During this June 25, 2015 webinar for the Regional Comprehensive Centers, CSAI discussed some of the reasons for these decreases and how the Comprehensive Center...

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CSAI has collaborated with the Reform Support Network to share this Assessment Design Toolkit. The Toolkit includes v​ideos and supplemental materials to help teachers write and select well-designed assessments. Although the primary audience is teachers and principals, district and State leaders...

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Measuring what students know and can do is an essential part of teaching, and, like much of teaching, designing assessments that measure what we want them to measure is sophisticated work. The first three modules provide an introduction to classroom assessment design, focusing on key concepts such...

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In the introductory module, we introduced the concept of five elements of assessment design alignment, rigor, precision, bias and scoring, and suggested that if the assessments you write or find elsewhere address these five elements effectively, those assessments stand a great chance of having an...

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Since you started your career as a teacher, you’ve been designing and administering assessments. You’ve probably written multiple-choice questions, asked students to fill in the blanks with correct answers, requested short responses to prompts or designed performance tasks, such as essays, or, if...

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The final module focuses on the act of reflecting on assessment design. It provides a checklist that you can use to determine if an assessment appropriately addresses the five elements of assessment design. This content is part of the Assessment Design Toolkit spotlight.

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In this webinar from September 16, 2015, CSAI's Joan Herman and Margaret Heritage were joined by Angela Landrum from the Colorado Department of Education to discuss the role a coherent assessment system can play in providing immediate data on how students are doing and critical information that can...

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To assist states as they implement new science standards, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Science Assessment Item Collaborative (SAIC), in collaboration with WestEd, has documented a range of options, accompanying rationales, and item cluster prototypes to guide the development...

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On October 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education released their Testing Action Plan, calling on states to ensure that the assessments students are being administered are rigorous, fair, non-redundant, and tied to improved teaching and learning. The guidelines included in this Action Plan...

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CSAI held its annual conference on December 10–11, 2015 at WestEd's San Francisco office. During this one-and-a-half day conference, CSAI staff and attendees discussed states' needs regarding instruction, assessment, accountability, and communication following the 2014–15 assessments. Sessions...

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The four collections featured in this spotlight are designed to support the implementation of standards-based instruction and assessment. Each collection focuses on distinct but complementary considerations that are essential in supporting college and career-ready (CCRS) instruction and assessment...

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The Formative Assessment in Action Spotlight aims to provide educators with resources that support learning about the formative assessment process. The spotlight includes one-page excerpts highlighting key ideas in formative assessment, classroom videos that showcase formative assessment in action...

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On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. To assist states in the implementation of ESSA, CSAI has created three documents, highlighting key ESSA requirements related to...

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In these videos, you will get to see each formative assessment element implemented effectively in model formative assessment lessons from various grades and content areas. 

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In this section you will have the opportunity to review several videos and analyze the teachers' formative assessment practices. You will get to see each formative assessment element implemented in lessons ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade and in various content areas. The videos are...

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The Science Assessment Item Collaborative (SAIC) Grade 5 Item Cluster Prototype was designed to follow the principles and recommendations set forth in the SAIC Assessment Framework and Item Specifications Guidelines for an NGSS-aligned, large-scale summative assessment item cluster.

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Supporting materials for a training workshop on how to incorporate formative assessment into lesson plans.

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To support American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students, CSAI has produced documents that outline strategies for states, districts, and schools to potentially utilize. These documents outline issues and barriers that have adversely impacted AI/AN students' learning outcomes, and strategies that...

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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...

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In this section are links to state pages devoted to ESSA, along with a summary of the information that can be found on each state's page. Each state has included information on ESSA and its stipulations; with some states also linking to resources from the U.S. Department of Education or other...

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Other communication tools used by states to provide ESSA information are featured in this section. Some states have produced and published documents and presentations for stakeholders to provide an overview of ESSA requirements. Many of these state-developed documents provide further information on...

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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...

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As part of developing an ESSA state plan, states have set up mechanisms to collect stakeholder feedback and comments on how states can respond to ESSA requirements. Some states have set up online surveys and feedback forms to collect feedback from a variety of stakeholders. Other states have held...

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In this series of resources, we provide exemplar lesson plans for use in middle school English language arts, history, science, and mathematics. We encourage teachers to adapt these materials for use in their own contexts.

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Welcome to this professional learning series on Formative Assessment for Native American language instruction!  In heritage language classrooms, students' levels of language knowledge vary greatly from one to another. It is important that instructors know where each student is on their language...

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