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.

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Ai-Zhen Tung

A high school sophomore reflects on the limits of and alternatives to high-stakes standardized tests. Ai-Zhen Tung wrote this reflection during her sophomore year at Boston’s Fenway High School.

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Christina Kuriacose

Four examples spanning grade levels and disciplines demonstrate the range and possibilities of performance assessment. These examples were compiled by Christina Kuriacose, Program Associate, Quality Performance Assessment, Center for Collaborative Education.

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Laura Gutmann, Christina Jean, and Joey Hunziker

This article reports from Stanford University’s Innovative Assessments Institute on the development of performance assessment at scale, along with implementation recommendations.

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Christina Kuriacose

High school students reflect on their participation in GreenTalks, a public exhibition of their research on food justice issues in Boston. Interviews conducted by Christina Kuriacose, Program Associate, Quality Performance Assessment, Center for Collaborative Education

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Susan Lyons and Carla Evans

Researchers report on their evaluation of comparability claims in local scoring of performance assessments across districts participating in New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment of Competency Education pilot project.

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Gary Chapin, Laurie Gagnon and Virgel Hammonds

In an examination of the conditions required for the successful implementation of performance assessment, the authors draw on a range of personal experience and other insights to guide practitioners and policymakers.

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Susan Lyons and Yuxi Qiu

This field report from 2017’s National Conference on Student Assessment shares possibilities for flexibility and innovation in assessment and accountability made possible by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Laurie Gagnon

Based on reports created for the National Summit on K-12 Competency-based Education, this article explores how educators can take action to build momentum for and implement competency education and performance assessment.