Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act Toward a Coherent, Aligned Assessment System

How can state and district leaders use the new ESSA framework to transition to a clearer, simpler, and more intentional system where tests offer valuable, natural opportunities for students to demonstrate what they have learned throughout the course of the year? This report attempts to answer these questions and provide a roadmap for school and district leaders to create stronger systems of teaching and learning where tests are one important and useful component.

Criteria for Procuring and Evaluating High-Quality Assessments

A guide designed to support states in selecting assessments that meet a high bar for quality. This document suggests the evidence that states should review to make information judgments on the quality of assessments. Quality assessments “match the depth, breadth, and rigor of the standards; accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness; and provide valid data to inform teaching and learning” (p. 1). This document provides an overview of the assessment criteria and a chart containing detailed criteria and sample evidence.