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WestEd has launched the Center on Standards, Assessment, and Accountability (CSAA) to build upon the expertise and technical assistance work and resources previously provided to states through the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI). The goal of the Center remains to implement student-focused accountability systems that are customized and research-based to deliver fair and […]
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) challenge traditional ways of measuring cognitive load. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), assessments aligned to NGSS must incorporate items representing a range of cognitive complexities. The Delaware Department of Education (DOE) recently met this challenge when they modified the Task Analysis Guide in Science (TAGS). TAGS is […]
Two-day Formative Insights Summer Institutes deliver unique, hands-on professional learning opportunities for both practitioners and school leaders seeking to improve student outcomes across subject areas. Institutes focus on transformational instructional practices that keep students motivated and equipped to monitor and direct their own learning. One of the primary goals of formative assessment is to help […]