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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Chiefs Release Principles to Ensure Successful Transition to High-Quality, College- and Career-Ready Assessments

States Call on the US Department of Education to Address State and Federal Requirements in Assessment Transition

Washington, DC - States have come together around principles to guide state leadership in assessment transition and to address several immediate state-federal issues in regards to assessment implementation. The principles address key issues essential to successful implementation of high-quality assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or state college and career readiness (CCR) standards including assessments developed by the PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia. Additionally, the principles address the immediate need for clear guidelines and bottom-line options for issues that implicate state and federal legal requirements.

"We need to continue to move forward in our efforts to ensure that every child receives a solid education, and that we are providing high quality supports to educators," said CCSSO Executive Director, Chris Minnich. "CCSSO specifically rejects a moratorium on accountability, and at the same time, we remain committed to being thoughtful about how we evaluate teachers and use test results in school consequences."

The principles identified by states encompass: a continued commitment to accountability, ensuring that the move to new CCSS/CCR assessments is an opportunity to improve, not undercut or delay, meaningful accountability and supports; a continued commitment to thoughtful assessment implementation, ensuring the assessments help educators, parents, and students understand where we are and provide comprehensive supports to improve student outcomes; and a commitment to high-quality, new assessments that assess deeper learning knowledge and skills, and cover the full range of cognitive complexity, meaningfully inform and reflect strong teaching and learning, are internationally benchmarked, and are valid and reliable for each intended use.

The overarching state principles above will play out in many ways as states transition to new, high-quality assessments aligned to the CCSS or other CCR state standards. States remain committed to school and district accountability, and educator evaluation, during the transition to new assessments, as well as continuing to assess students every year in the applicable grades as required by federal law, while providing timely data and reports to students and families. To read the state principles, click here