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Thursday, January 15, 2015

CCSSO Publishes Framework for Innovative Accountability Models

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

In line with the recent announcement of its priorities for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), CCSSO has released a new resource to help guide states interested in pursuing innovative assessment and accountability models while remaining committed to equity, transparency, and high expectations for all students. The resource, Evolving Coherent Systems of Accountability for Next Generation Learning: A Decision Framework, draws on CCSSO's 2011 accountability principles and offers state policymakers a series of guiding questions -- including sample options, potential trade-offs, and state examples -- for state consideration.

The Decision Framework recommendations are grounded in the work of CCSSO's Innovation Lab Network, a collaboration of states that are transforming state systems to support and scale the kinds of student-centered, competency-based learning that develop college and career-ready knowledge, skills, and dispositions for all students. To support this shift, states play a key role in both signaling the learning outcomes toward which these models should strive, and ensuring that state systems of assessment and accountability enable, rather than discourage, these new models. As outlined in the Decision Framework, states should consider several key questions, including:

  • What are the state's expectations for student learning?
  • How will those expectations be assessed at different levels of the system, and how do these methods of assessment align with next generation learning models?
  • How will various measures of student learning inform accountability and reporting?
  • How will information be used to identify, intervene, and support schools and districts as part of a coherent and reciprocal system of accountability?

A copy of the Decision Framework can be downloaded here. If you are interested in learning more, CCSSO will host an informational webinar featuring the resource on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 12:00-1:00pm ET. Learn more and register to attend the webinar here.

Recommendations from the framework also will be presented during an upcoming Education Week webinar, "Designing a Whole-Child Accountability System," on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm ET.