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D'Brot, Juan – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2022
Accountability mechanisms and processes have evolved with changes in statute. State Education Agency (SEA) accountability systems may exhibit characteristics of compliance- and/or improvement-focused systems in light of requirements under the "Elementary and Secondary Education Act" (ESEA) and its reauthorizations under the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Best Practices, Disclosure, State Departments of Education
Marion, Scott; Domaleski, Chris; D'Brot, Juan – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2021
State leaders are deeply committed to providing information to parents, educators, and the public about student performance to help target resources and supports quickly and effectively. Some state leaders have examined the context in their respective states and determined that taking a different approach to assessment for the spring of 2021 would…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Guidelines, State Policy, Educational Policy
Marion, Scott; Domaleski, Chris; D'Brot, Juan – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2021
This is meant to support states who find they need additional flexibility beyond the three options listed in the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) February 2021 letter to state chiefs. This rationale accompanies the Assessment Flexibility Guidance (ED614803) posted by the Center for Assessment on March 9, 2021. State leaders should select and…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, State Policy, Educational Policy, State Boards of Education
Dadey, Nathan; Keng, Leslie; Boyer, Michelle; Marion, Scott – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2021
State summative educational assessment is about to begin in earnest. Rightfully, many are raising questions about the quality, meaning, and appropriate use of the assessment results. This document was written to support state educational agencies (SEAs) and their assessment providers in devising effective and efficient analysis plans. This…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Summative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Test Use
Betebenner, Damian W.; Wenning, Richard J. – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2021
In "Understanding Pandemic Learning Loss and Learning Recovery: The Role of Student Growth & Statewide Testing" we show how states, with spring 2021 assessment data together with student growth results derived from it, are positioned to address critical questions regarding academic learning loss. Answers to these questions, together…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains
Brandt, W. Christopher – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2021
Creative insights and advances influence improved learning conditions and innovations for addressing global challenges. Moreover, technological advances make information universally available, which has rapidly accelerated progress across economic sectors. These advances have major implications for educators and, further, the knowledge and skills…
Descriptors: Creativity, Success, Job Skills, 21st Century Skills
Keng, Leslie; Boyer, Michelle – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
ACT requested assistance from the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (Center for Assessment) to investigate declines of scores for states administering the ACT to its 11th grade students in 2018. This request emerged from conversations among state leaders, the Center for Assessment, and ACT in trying to understand the…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Scores, Test Score Decline, Educational Trends
Marion, Scott; Domaleski, Chris; Brandt, Chris – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
The authors offer a set of recommendations for the next Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization. They recommend changes to the assessment, accountability and Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) as well as for a federally-supported research and evaluation…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Assessment
Lorié, William – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
State assessment leaders are concerned about the challenges with receiving full approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) when using the ACT or the SAT as their assessment of high school achievement. USED has asked states opting to use the ACT or the SAT as the achievement indicator under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), College Entrance Examinations, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
Evans, Carla M. – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
There is a growing interest in conceptualizing, defining, and assessing what are often called 21st century skills or deeper learning competencies. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the conceptualizations, definitions, and understandings in the research literature related to collaboration. Key initial questions include: What is…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, 21st Century Skills, Definitions, Cooperative Learning
Evans, Carla – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
There is a growing interest in conceptualizing, defining, and assessing what are often called 21st century skills or deeper learning competencies. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the conceptualizations, definitions, and understandings in the research literature related to critical thinking. Key initial questions include: What…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, 21st Century Skills, Skill Development, Definitions
Brandt, W. Christopher – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
There is a growing interest in conceptualizing, defining, and assessing what are often called 21st century skills or deeper learning competencies. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the conceptualizations, definitions, and understandings in the research literature related to self-directed learning. Key initial questions include:…
Descriptors: Independent Study, 21st Century Skills, Definitions, Success
Thompson, Jeri – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
There is a growing interest in conceptualizing, defining, and assessing what are often called 21st century skills or deeper learning competencies. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the conceptualizations, definitions, and understandings in the research literature related to complex communication. Key initial questions include:…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Communication Skills, 21st Century Skills, Success
Marion, Scott – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
In March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic and attending shift to remote schooling initiated a dramatic impact on student learning, an impact that state and district leaders feel a sense of urgency to understand and address. These leaders are accustomed using state and district test data to shed light on student achievement and growth. But without…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Data Collection, COVID-19
Marion, S. F.; Gonzales, D.; Wiener, R.; Peltzman, A. – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2020
State policymakers are confronting well-documented intersecting crises -- medical, economic, and racial -- with especially dire implications for educational equity. State education leaders face a moral urgency to both understand and respond to the challenges students are experiencing and to do so in ways that address burgeoning equity gaps.…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Opportunities, Program Evaluation, Summative Evaluation
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