About NCSA

The primary objective of the National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) is to promote sharing of information and best practices that will help states achieve their educational purposes through having the strongest assessment systems possible. Assessment systems include those elements essential to assessments (such as content standards and test design) and assessment infrastructure (such as the technologies necessary for conducting high-quality assessments). The conference also supports professional development, assessment research, and accountability systems that use assessment data.

With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state education agencies (SEAs) have an opportunity to ensure this new federal law supports the overall vision and goals for education in their respective state. States are now ready to put their comprehensive strategy into action and move forward with implementation. It is critical that SEAs monitor and evaluate whether the expected outcomes are playing out as states anticipated when they developed the ESSA consolidated plan. This year, the NCSA will focus on "Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): How Assessment and Accountability Systems Can Support Continuous Improvement." These systems provide extensive and meaningful information that can be used in many ways to improve student academic outcomes, close achievement gaps, identify schools' needs and provide targeted support, and engage educators in ongoing improvement to teach all students. The goal of the 2018 conference is to give states a forum to share the best practices, strategies, research studies, resources, and innovative methods when using assessment and accountability information to continuously improve their overall education system with this new federal law.