The 2015-16 school year brings new changes to states' testing plans. Education Week has tracked and posted information charts of states' assessment programs in math and English language arts.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has created a webpage to house materials and resources to support states with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Materials include Frequently Asked Questions and ESSA implementation considerations.
In two recently released studies, PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments are best at matching the content and depth criteria laid out by the Council of Chief State School Officers, compared to the ACT Aspire and MCAS assessments. For more information or to read the full reports, visit the Thomas B. Fordham Institute (grades 5-8) and HumRRO (high school).
USED has released new guidance on how to help states and districts pare down the number of test students take. The USED's letter to Chief State School Officers can be found here. Also, USED's Fact Sheet: Testing Action Plan is a helpful resource for states in ensuring tests are of high quality and worth taking.