Assessment

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides an opportunity to find alternatives to standardized testing, such as performance assessment, which allow public schools and districts to more equitably meet the needs of all students and to use more relevant, engaging curriculum and instruction that prepares students for complex problem-solving and collaboration.

Related content:

by
Rosann Tung

Performance assessment, a personalized and rigorous alternative to standardized testing, provides an opportunity for teachers to build on individual students’ strengths and foster more equitable learning outcomes.

by
Dan French

Feedback from students and teachers shows performance assessment’s potential for improving teaching and learning and better preparing all students for college, career, and life.

by
Gareth Robinson and Ann Cook

The story of the Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights illustrates the positive impact of using performance assessments rather than relying on the state Regents exams.

by
Scott F. Marion, Jonathan Vander Els, and Paul Leather

In New Hampshire, a new performance assessment system focuses on reciprocal accountability and shared leadership among teachers and leaders at the school, district, and state levels.

by
Kau‘i Sang and Jessica Worchel

Leaders from the Office of Hawaiian Education reflect on their process in developing a culturally responsive assessment framework rooted in Hawai‘i’s indigenous context, values, and beliefs.

includes video
by
Frishtah Wassl, Christine Wilkin, and Maggie Ward

An international school in Maryland shares their process for developing performance assessments for English language learners.

by
Dan French and Barnett Berry

Micro-credentials, a new form of personalized professional development for teachers, offer a unique solution to the challenge of training school staff to design and implement performance assessments.

by
Priti Johari

Capstone projects serve as the centerpiece for an assessment system that values problem-solving and frames assessment as learning opportunities for students and teachers.

by
Dianne Kelly and Erik Fearing

Consortium leaders discuss how their model – based on collaboration among districts, teachers unions, and community organizations – aims to change the way school quality is assessed.

by
Ricardo Rosa

Performance assessments must be culturally responsive in order to truly serve the needs of students from all backgrounds. 

includes video