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SCASSs Travel to Washington, DC to Participate in BOTA Conference

Members of three CCSSO State Collaboratives on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASSs) recently participated in the second of a series of workshops addressing "Best Practices for State Assessment Systems" in Washington, DC. The workshop was sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences Board on Testing and Assessment (BOTA), James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, and the William and Melinda Gates Foundation.

This two-day workshop offered state members from the Assessing Special Education Students (ASES), Accountability Systems and Reporting (ASR), and Technical Issues in Large Scale Assessment (TILSA) SCASSs first-hand opportunities to interact with some of our nation's leaders in assessment design, implementation, special populations, technology, and policy related issues. Colleagues from the US Department of Education met with workshop participants to review the release of the Race to the Top Assessment funding priority, and answer questions.

State members and partners from the ASES SCASS participated in a session on the common core state standards and issues related to implementation for students with disabilities. Participants engaged in discussions on standards and assessments for students with disabilities currently participating in the Alternate Assessments-Modified Academic Achievement Standards, and the Alternate Assessments-Alternate Academic Achievement Standards.

The SCASS System has officially launched its annual membership drive. For more information about joining the SCASS System, please contact Robert Olsen at or Joe Crawford at