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Learning About Assessment: Evaluation of a Ten-State Effort to Build Assessment Capacity in High Schools

Author(s)Elliot Weinbaum
Publication dateJanuary 2009
publication pdfLearning About Asessment Evaluation of a Ten-State Effort to Build Assessment Capacity in High Schools
KeywordsStandard & Assessments

In 2006, the State of Delaware and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) partnered with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) to conduct an evaluation of a ten-state initiative that sought to enhance assessment practices at the high school level. This effort aimed to help states, districts, and schools build familiarity with instruction that uses assessment as part of the learning process, a practice known as assessment for learning. The initial design of the project had four goals:

  • Goal 1: Develop and implement a practitioner- and research-based vision of a comprehensive and balanced assessment system.
  • Goal 2: Build state leadership capacity and support each state's technical assistance to districts and high schools in providing high-quality professional and leadership development in balanced assessment systems and specific practices of assessment for learning.
  • Goal 3: Have district/high school teams begin to implement a vision of assessment for learning in schools and classrooms.
  • Goal 4: Generate and disseminate tools, techniques, and new knowledge to support future approaches to teaching and learning, while strengthening the commitment to all students learning at higher levels.

This report focuses primarily on the third goal of this project, the creation and function of teacher learning teams focused on assessment for learning.

Contact:Margaret Reed Millarmargaretm@ccsso.org202-336-7032703-582-8040