Reports

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A New Era For Educational Assessment 
David Conley argues that it is time to shift from an over-reliance on standardized testing to multiple measures that gauge learning across a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge.

The Gordon Commission: To Assess, to Teach, To Learn
Established by ETS, the Commission makes recommendations for a national assessment policy that requires a “fundamental reconceptualization of the purposes and process of educational assessments.” They believe that assessment must support teaching and learning, incorporate 21st century skills, and better reflect what is known about student learning.

Comprehensive Standards-Based Assessment Systems Supporting Learning CRESST and West Ed
A framework for different types of assessment in support of learning. Emphasis is on high quality strategies and effective tools to gather evidence and improve learning outcomes.

Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American Students Learning?
Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings
2015 Report: Includes predictions for the impact of the Common Core on student learning, a review of NAEP achievement gaps, and insights on the interpretation of international test scores.
2016 Report: Offers an international perspective on principals as instructional leaders.

Assessment in the Service of Learning
Clifford Hill offers insights into digital testing models that balance the needs of test designers with student pathways for planning and producing evidence of learning. This process provides a fuller picture of learning and strengthens accountability.

Assessment for Learning: The Case for Formative Assessment
OECD
The value of formative assessment and its key elements is explained and supported through research and case studies. Recommendations are made for policy and practice to strengthen the day to day use of formative assessment and improve learning outcomes.

Teaching and Learning 21st Century Skills: Lessons from the Learning Sciences
Asia Society and RAND Corporation: Anna Rosefsky Saavedra and V. Darleen Opfer
As globalization, technology, migration, environmental, and political changes make our world more complex, preparing students for work, citizenship, and life, has also become more complicated. This report summarizes 21st century skills, examines why they must be taught, and explores strategies for teaching and assessing them.

Measuring 21st Century Competencies: Guidance for Educators
Asia Society and RAND Corporation: Jim Soland, Laura S. Hamilton, and Brian M. Stecher
Examines how to assess 21st century skills and summarizes the current the current state and emerging technologies to measure these competencies.

Stars by Which to Navigate: Report on Common Core, NAEP, TIMSS, and PISA
Fordham Institute: Sheila B. Carmichael, W. Stephen Wilson, Chester E. Finn, Jr., Amber M. Winkler, Stafford Palmieri
Compares the content, rigor, clarity and specificity of the Common Core to PISA and TIMSS.

Will It Be On The Test
This review from the Kettering Foundation looks at how school leaders and parents think about accountability, identifies areas of agreement and tension, and makes recommendation for solutions.

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