Spotlights

Spotlights feature CSAI-developed content, addressing a specific need or issue that can be broadly applied to states, districts, and schools. The resources and information presented in the Spotlights are accompanied by additional contextual information and include a deeper examination of the need or issue.

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, which provide an overview of the scan and highlight important findings, and Reports, which provide more in-depth information and comprehensive data. 
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.
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.
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 standards, assessment, and accountability, specifically those requirements for which CSAI can provide support to states. An ESSA implementation timeline is also included in each document.    
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 reflect the results of research and stakeholder input on the use and impact of assessments on students and schools, and they are intended to support states and districts in evaluations of their assessment systems.
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 can use the Toolkit to design professional development opportunities.
Teacher Giving Directions
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. The Framework is labeled as version 1.0, recognizing that it may evolve and be updated based on user feedback.
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, and opportunities to deepen learning about formative assessment.
Supporting materials for a training workshop on how to incorporate formative assessment into lesson plans.
To assist states as they implement new science standards, the CCSSO Science Assessment Item Collaborative, in collaboration with WestEd, has documented a range of options, accompanying rationales, and item cluster prototypes to guide the development of summative assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards.

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