For readers looking for assessment-related supports, April’s newsletter shares guidance and tools developed to support a variety of users. This includes a communication toolkit for sharing information on the value of testing, guidance for developing and using strengths-based assessment rubrics, and suggestions for analyzing assessment data impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
March’s newsletter highlights the Formative Insights team, including their work being shortlisted in a HundrED/Jacobs Foundation initiative focused on formative assessment innovations from across the world. Joanne Jensen’s work in early grade assessments is also highlighted in this newsletter.
CSAA highlights the updated Formative Insights: Assessment for Learning Spotlight, which includes new resources and case studies highlighting design and implementation of formative assessment practices. The January newsletter also showcases new services that support professional learning around formative assessment practices.
Formative assessment supports are the focus of this newsletter, highlighting WestEd services for building educator and leader capacity to understand and implement practices that encourage students to take active roles in their learning.
This newsletter highlights WestEd services for rigorous data analysis in support of instructional decision-making. WestEd is ready to support states and districts with using data to inform student-centered assessment and accountability practices.
Focused on services and resources for reviewing and redesigning assessment and accountability systems, this newsletter focuses on how WestEd supports states and districts with improvement efforts.
This newsletter highlights new WestEd services supporting states, districts and schools in designing and implementing curricular, assessment, and data analysis supports. Also included is an article to support students’ development of writing skills in different content areas.
September’s newsletter highlights WestEd experts’ insights into timely educational issues: retaining teachers in rural school districts, engaging students in virtual learning formats, and strengthening professional learning for educators in preparation for content framework changes.
In preparation for the next school year, July’s newsletter shares resources for analyzing student performance data for instruction and for utilizing formative assessment practices to increase students’ learning agency.
June’s newsletter highlights a number of WestEd services designed to support state, district, and school staff in understanding summative and formative assessment practices and adapting them for different classroom contexts.
WestEd support and resources for increasing understanding of Smarter Balanced performance tasks and analyzing student responses to these tasks are highlighted. The newsletter also points readers to upcoming online professional development opportunities for educators and leaders working with English learner students.
This newsletter highlights resources that support development of student-focused learning environments, including guidance for school leadership that supports formative assessment practices and an overview of current state initiatives to implement ethnic studies into content standards.
To support ongoing work related to designing and utilizing rigorous, high-quality content standards and assessment tools, this newsletter highlights CSAA tools that can be adapted and used in a variety of educational contexts.
WestEd experts have developed guidance and tools to continue supporting educators working in distance and hybrid learning models, including a new series designed to support the use of formative assessment practices.
This newsletter highlights WestEd work focused on supporting formative assessment practices in the classroom and CSAA tools for implementing new or revised content standards and analyzing assessment systems.
September 2020 Newsletter
This newsletter showcases WestEd-developed resources that focus on research-based assessment practices and professional learning for integrating these practices into schools.
August 2020 Newsletter
This newsletter focuses on educator resources and tools designed to support multilingual and English learner students during distance learning.
May 2020 Newsletter
This newsletter highlights resources for developing instruction and assessment plans that support student learning.