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The Readiness Roadmap: State Readiness Conditions Briefs

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Topics: Education Policy, ESSA, Readiness

This series of State Readiness Conditions briefs, developed in partnership with the Center for Assessment, provides guidance and tools to help states better understand and leverage the new Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While there are a number of provisions in ESSA that states can leverage to build innovative assessments and accountability systems to support student-centered, personalized learning, many states may not know where to begin. These seven briefs will help states take full advantage of the unprecedented opportunity to develop next generation approaches to assessment that transcend the standardized instruments commonly used to evaluate school and student performance.

Download the Brief: Project Narrative: Creating a State Vision to Support the Design and Implementation of an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System

Project Narrative: Creating a State Vision to Support the Design and Implementation of an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System
This brief helps states clarify the need and desire for pursuing an innovative pilot application and explains how developing a theory of action will be a crucial planning and evaluation tool for the design and implementation of an innovative assessment and accountability system.
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This brief assists states in thinking through the opportunities and challenges associated with flexibility provided under the ESSA.

Ensuring and Evaluating Assessment Quality
This brief helps states recognize the opportunities and challenges of developing or selecting high quality assessments in an innovative assessment and accountability system.
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The purpose of this brief is to support states in planning for a successful Demonstration Authority application by providing key conceptual and technical considerations related to promoting and evaluating comparability in an innovative assessment and accountability pilot.

Addressing Accountability Issues Including Comparability
This brief helps states clarify the definition of comparability and provides in-depth examples of the design features and implementation processes that would support claims of comparability in an innovative assessment and accountability system.
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The brief Supporting Educators and Students through Implementation of an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System supports states in planning for a successful Demonstration Authority application by providing considerations related to the professional learning opportunities that state- and district-level educators will need when engaged in piloting an innovative assessment system.

Supporting Educators and Students through Implementation of an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System
This brief helps states build a strategy for preparing educators and students for the implementation of an innovative assessment and accountability system.
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This brief assists states in thinking through the opportunities and challenges associated with flexibility provided under the ESSA.

Evaluating and Continuously Improving an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System
This brief helps states and districts develop a robust plan and set of strategies to ensure stakeholders learn from, and continually improve their innovative assessment systems.
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This brief assists states in thinking through the opportunities and challenges associated with flexibility provided under the ESSA.

Establishing a Timeline and Budget for Design and Implementation of an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System
This brief helps states establish a workable timeline and budget that ensures successful implementation and scale of an innovative assessment and accountability system.
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This brief assists states in thinking through the opportunities and challenges associated with flexibility provided under the ESSA.

Building Capacity and Stakeholder Support for Scaling an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System
This brief helps states develop a comprehensive plan for scaling an innovative assessment system that addresses prior experience, capacity, stakeholder support, and a governing structure.
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