Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs): Policy Considerations for Meaningful Accountability
Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs) are instructional content-area units designed for consistency between what is taught, assessed, and how teachers are prepared. CEPAs combine elements of formative assessment and performance assessments to promote deeper learning outcomes. CEPAs are generally designed, implemented, and scored at the local level, and performance assessments usually are composed of a task, rubric, and administration guidelines. This brief provides an overview of the benefits of CEPAs, examples from states and districts using CEPAs to measure student learning, and policy considerations and recommendations.