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The Innovative Assessment Pilot: A New Opportunity for States and Districts to Collaborate in Developing Next Generation Systems of Assessments

January 2018. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides flexibility for states to redesign systems of assessments to better align with student-centered learning. The U.S. Department of Education has released an official notice inviting states to apply for a new program in ESSA: the Innovative Accountability and Assessment Demonstration Authority. This “Innovative Assessment Pilot” allows states to…


Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-based Education Systems and other Deeper Learning Efforts

June 2017. Assessment literacy has traditionally evoked measurement principles such as validity and reliability accompanied by complex equations, statistical terms, and images of normal curves, ogives, and error bands. We have to come to recognize that assessment literacy is better conceptualized as the knowledge and skills associated with designing, selecting, interpreting, and using high-quality assessments to improve…