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Transition to High-Quality, College- and Career-Ready Assessments: Principles to Guide State Leadership and Federal Requirements

Publication dateMay 2013
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This is a critical moment in education. States across the nation are implementing comprehensive reforms to ensure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills required for success in postsecondary education and the workforce. As part of this effort states will be transitioning to new, high-quality assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards (Common Core) or state College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards, including assessments developed by the PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia. We must move forward in our efforts to ensure that every child receives a solid education. CCSSO specifically rejects a moratorium on accountability. At the same time, we must be thoughtful about how we evaluate teachers and use test results in school consequences. The purpose of this document is to present key principles that will guide state leadership in this assessment transition and to address several immediate state-federal issues in that regard. 

Contact:Kirsten Taylor