The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a number of provisions that states can leverage to build innovative assessments and accountability systems to support student-centered, personalized learning. Over the last year, we have been involved with collaborative projects to help states take advantage of this opportunity, including a partnership with the Center for Assessment to create seven state readiness conditions briefs and a collaboration with the Center for Assessment and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to create a visioning toolkit for better assessments.
Our newest collaborative effort is 10 Principles for Building a High-Quality System of Assessments. The principles outlined in this paper will help states and districts build and evolve a high-quality system of assessments that puts each and every student’s learning at the center.
This paper, which was led by Jobs for the Future, was a collaborative effort between many organizations, including the Center for Collaborative Education, EdImagine, iNACOL, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Center for Learning Disabilities and many more.
What makes this paper especially notable is that the principles outlined in it are backed by more than a dozen leading national organizations and experts in the field. We believe that states and districts will find this a useful, actionable tool.