A number of effective approaches and strategies related to the measurement of multidimensional science standards have emerged through early development efforts of large-scale assessments. This paper discusses several key considerations for designing and developing effective next generation science assessments, including an exploration of the quality expectations and development considerations that help support development.
CSAI held its annual conference on December 10–11, 2015 at WestEd’s San Francisco office. During this one-and-a-half day conference, CSAI staff and attendees discussed states’ needs regarding instruction, assessment, accountability, and communication following the 2014–15 assessments. Sessions focused on providing support for regional and content centers, and the states and regions they support, in the midst of policy and system changes.
Links to presentation materials and handouts can be found on this page.
Coherent Assessment Systems Supporting College and Career Ready Success
Joan HermanThis session shared a framework for standards-based systems of assessment, which states and local districts can use to reduce overtesting and promote college- and career-ready success attainment.
Making Sense of the New Summative Assessments
This session discussed the impact of assessment results on state systems for communications, reporting, and accountability.
Bridging the Gap Between Assessment and Improving Teaching and Learning
Deb Sigman, Sujie Shin, and Jessica Arnold
This session shared tools and resources for building teacher capacity and knowledge around developing and scoring assessment performance tasks: Building Educator Assessment Literacy, Understanding Proficiency, and Assessment Design Toolkit.
Transforming Science Instruction and Assessment
Nicolle Romero and Meghan Bell
This discussion delved into the Next Generation Science Standards and provided an overview of the standards and their implications for states as they develop and evaluate science assessment options. For more information on the Science Assessment Item Collaborative, please visit the spotlight.
Achieving College- and Career-Ready Success with Formative Assessment
Barbara Jones and Sandy Chang
This session introduced new curriculum and instruction resources for creating and refining lessons to support CCRS success.
Considerations for English Language Learners
This session shared key practices and resources that teachers can use to help English learner students achieve college- and career-ready success in their classrooms.
Understanding and Responding to the Department’s Testing Action Plan and Peer Review
Sujie Shin and Mai Chou Vang
This session provided a brief overview of Peer Review Guidance and the ways content centers may be called on to support states as they prepare for submission beginning in January. The session also discussed the implications of the Testing Action Plan and shared resources and tools that can be shared with states.
The State Perspective on Revising Testing Systems
Deb Sigman and Carole Gallagher
The presenters shared their experiences working directly with states on revising testing systems and discussed lessons learned from those experiences.
In September 2018, CSAI presented on the impact of ESSA on state systems for content standards, assessment, and school accountability. This presentation provides an overview of ESSA regulations, required state actions, and major changes from Elementary and Secondary Education Act regulations.
This update outlines what CTE standards are and their role in educational offerings for students. Included are resources that can be used to guide the development of CTE standards or programs.
This update outlines current state initiatives to implement ethnic studies standards in California, Indiana, Oregon, and Texas. For each state, it includes links to any available meeting materials or standards information that the state has made available, as well as updates on the progress of ethnic studies standards development or implementation in the state.
This update focuses on the role of standards in education and how standards-based instruction may improve student outcomes. State examples and an annotated list of resources are included.