The Center for Standards, Assessment, and Accountability (CSAA) at WestEd supports educators in the development and use of rigorous standards and student-focused assessment and accountability practices. Our work impacts students of all ages and learning paths, including early childhood, K-12, postsecondary, and career technical education.
We partner with clients nationwide, providing policy guidance, content expertise, and solutions that are responsive to local contexts. CSAA supports student-focused accountability systems that are customized and research-based to deliver fair and valid measurements of student performance, and we provide guidance for educators and policymakers on making the best use of results. Our work puts better student outcomes at the center of everything we do.
Student-Focused Accountability System: Improve Learning Outcomes for Every Student
Curriculum & Instruction
Aligned curriculum, instruction, and assessment collect and elicit evidence and inform each other to provide a valid and accurate measure of student learning.
Standards-aligned assessments that are valid, reliable, and fair ensure meaningful and efficient measurement of what students know and can do and provide actionable data supporting teaching and learning.
Are the foundation for student learning and classroom instruction. Coherence between standards, curriculum, and instruction supports relevant and fair learning opportunities for all students.
Building on the nationally recognized work of the Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation (CSAI), the newly expanded Center on Standards, Assessment, and Accountability (CSAA) continues to provide high-quality resources. Now expertise gained after 14 years of delivering technical assistance for states is coupled with WestEd services designed to improve teaching and learning and drive informed decision making about standards, assessment, and accountability at the federal, state, and local levels.
Who We Are and What We Do
We are dedicated to providing high-quality professional learning and technical assistance, research, tools, and other resources to inform decisions about standards, assessment, and accountability at multiple levels. Discover our expertise.
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Local Education Agencies
State Education Agencies
WestEd is committed to the belief that all students should succeed in our schools and that all learners — from infants to adults — should thrive in our communities, despite the circumstances they were born into.” Glen Harvey
WestEd Chief Executive Officer
Success for every learner is WestEd’s prime focus and has been for more than five decades. A nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad, WestEd aims to improve education and other important outcomes for children, youth and adults.
The depth, diversity, and history of our work, coupled with our on-the-ground experience and research-based knowledge, give WestEd staff unique expertise in helping all learners — infants to adults — succeed in school and career.
WestEd staff meet the needs of our clients through research, evaluation, professional development, technical assistance, policy analysis, and other support.