A comprehensive, balanced assessment system and a culture of effective evidence use do not emerge by accident. They take capable leadership to build. Learn how.
The Center for Innovation in Education shares how, during a global pandemic, district and school leaders in Arizona learn what is working with their students and why, and use the power of observation to better identify what their needs are. Read their insights here.
Gain in-depth insights into teachers’ experiences developing performance tasks as part of a continuous improvement cycle. Read the report.
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 valid measurements of student performance, while guiding educators and policymakers on making the best use of results.
While operating CSAI from 2005 until 2019, WestEd provided support for state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) in developing comprehensive content standards and standards-based assessment and accountability systems. Our work impacted students in all U.S. states and territories, of all ages and learning paths, including early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and career and technical education. Our experts partnered with clients nationwide, providing policy guidance and assessment design services that were responsive to local contexts.
Through CSAA, we continue to deliver high-quality technical assistance to states, now coupled with our 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.
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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 an analytical tool for education researchers and practitioners analyzing science tasks and instruction. The Delaware DOE modified TAGS to fit into the state’s comprehensive science assessment system, categorizing NGSS-aligned assessment items along a continuum in terms of cognitive load.
This technical brief, developed in collaboration with the Delaware DOE, presents this new model for evaluating these cognitive ranges, and explores:
- How the goals of the NGSS set the stage for how students come to understand the world around them
- Why a multi-dimensional approach to assessment aligns with the expectations of the NGSS
- How cognitive load provides a multi-dimensional perspective of intellectual activity
Also included is an example of a practice item designed to measure cognitive complexities with the new science standards in mind.
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 educators shift away from one-dimensional “teacher delivers information” models of instruction towards more equitable frameworks that promote shared responsibility for learning between students and instructors.
In the Formative Insights Summer Institutes listed below, participants will be guided through research-based principles and practices that demonstrate how formative assessment can be leveraged to promote growth mindsets.
Through hands-on experiential and interactive learning, participants will gain the skills and knowledge needed to nurture student agency–in the classroom or schoolwide.
Formative Insights: Fostering Student Agency in the Classroom
Los Alamitos, CA – July 13-14
Boston, MA – July 27-28
As a participant, you will:
- Understand the role of student agency in academic achievement
- Understand how formative assessment can work as a lever to advance student agency
- Analyze stages of student agency development and how teachers can support this progression
- Practice new modalities for giving feedback and guiding metacognition through experiential learning modules and ample opportunities for collaboration
Formative Insights: School Leadership for Transforming Schoolwide Assessment Cultures
Los Alamitos, CA – July 15-16
Boston, MA – July 29-30
As a participant, you will:
- Learn the five guiding principles for improving leadership related to formative assessment
- Identify the signs of incremental changes in the teacher and student roles and how these shifts can become building blocks for transforming a schoolwide learning culture
- Develop site-specific tools to support these changes
- Practice new models for feedback and communication through experiential learning exercises
Cost to Attend
Early Bird Discount: $675 per participant if registering before March 31, 2020
Institute Fee: $725 per participant after April 1, 2020
Team Discount: A 10% group discount is available for teams of three or more registered at the same time. Note: early registration and team discounts cannot be combined.
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