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CCSSO produces a number of resources intended to increase the capacity of state education agencies. Browse resources by type or search by keywords. Use the left-hand menus to narrow your search by publication category.

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50-State Analysis of the Prepartion of Teachers and the Conditions for Teaching: Results from the NCES Schools and Staffing Survey
As part of the CCSSO efforts to report on indicators of education quality in our public schools, we have conducted an analysis of data from the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). …
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A Framework for Examining Validity in State Accountability Systems
Without validation evidence for their accountability systems, states would be unable to effectively defend against lawsuits, likely lose credibility among their stakeholders, and almost cert …
Categories: Literature Review, Practice Guide / Handbook , Case Studies | Type: Publication

A Guide to Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) Systems
This guide is intended to provide those responsible for procuring CAT systems with questions they can use to tease out differences across competing CAT delivery systems to make better-inform …
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A Practitioner’s Introduction to Equating with Primers on Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory
There are a number of substantive and technical issues involved in equating and many potential pitfalls. This handbook was written for assessment practitioners working in state departments o …
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A Practitioner's Guide to Growth Models

A Practitioner's Guide to Growth Models
A Practitioner's Guide to Growth Models clearly describes different ways to calculate student academic growth and to make judgments about the adequacy of that growth. It helps to clarify the …
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A Practitioner's Introduction to Equating
A Practitioner's Introduction to Equating …
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A Quiet Crisis (Early Childhood) Policy Statement
A quiet crisis is threatening the future of America. Deeply rooted achievement gaps andshortfalls, and a lack of high-quality early learning opportunities compromise the potentialof too many …
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A Review and Empirical Comparison of Approaches for Improving the Reliability of Objective Level Scores
This paper addresses the psychometric issues associated with estimating objective level scores, often referred to as subscores. The paper introduces the concepts of reliability and validity …
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A Review and Empirical Comparison of Approaches for Improving the Reliability of Objective Level Scores
This paper reports on an evaluation of the psychometric issues associated with estimating objective level scores, often referred to as 'subscores.' Methods for increasing the reliability of …
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A Study of States’ Requests for Waivers from Requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: New Developments in 2013-14
Updating and Expanding an Earlier Summary, Analysis, and Commentary on States’ Requests for Waivers in Order to Implement Next-Generation Educational Accountability Systems and Approval Deci …
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Accommodations Manual - How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities
The Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodation for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities presents a five-step process for Individu …
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Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners with Disabilities
Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners with Disabilities …
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Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate the Use Of Accomocations For Instruction and Assessment Of Students With Disabilities
The Council of Chief State School Officers' Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate the Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilit …
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Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners
Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners …
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Accommodations Professional Development Guide
This publication provides a foundation and context for the use of accommodations by students with disabilities. When students have engaged in standards-based instruction with support provide …
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Accountability Systems

Accountability Systems
CCSSO works with states to create accountability systems that ensure every student has access to a high-quality education. States will achieve this goal by (1) driving school and district p …
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Addressing Two Commonly Unrecognized Sources of Score Instability in Annual State Assessments
Phillips contends that there are two unrecognized sources of error variance in statistics based on state testing data that contribute to score instability: (a) increased error due to samplin …
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Addressing Two Commonly Unrecognized Sources of Score Instability in Annual State Assessments
The work reported in this paper reflects a collaborative effort of many individuals representing multiple organizations. It began during a session at the October 2008 meeting of TILSA when a …
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Adolescent Literacy Toolkit
CCSSO’s Adolescent Literacy Toolkit was developed by the Council and multiple partners in response to a state-identified need to develop the skills, knowledge, and resources of content-area …
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Adopting Digital Resources Aligned to the Common Core Webinar
As part of the Implementing the Common Core webinar series, CCSSO hosted a webinar on digital resources and the Common Core. For states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards, the …
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Aligning Interim/Benchmark Assessments to the CCSS
Aligning Interim/Benchmark Assessments to the CCSS …
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Alignment and the States: Three Approaches to Aligning the National Assessment of Educational Progress with State Assessments, Other Assessments, and Standards
This report will help states understand three alignment approaches: the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Education Statistics Services Institute (ESSI) Procedural Manual; t …
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Alignment Content Analysis of NAEP 2009 Reading Assessment: Analysis based on method of Surveys of Enacted Curriculum
CCSSO conducted an alignment content analysis of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading and Science Assessments administered in 2009 for students at grades 4 and 8. The …
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Alignment Content Analysis of NAEP 2009 Science Assessment with the methodology of Surveys of Enacted Curriculum
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) conducted an alignment content analysis of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading and Science Assessments administere …
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Alignment Content Analysis of TIMSS and PISA Mathematics and Science Assessments Using the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum Methodology
Through the SEC Collaborative, CCSSO conducted an alignment content analysis of the 2007 TIMSS Mathematics and Science education assessments for students at grades 4 and 8 and the 2006 PISA …
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An Analysis of Accommodations Issues from the Standards and Assessments Peer Review
Second in a series of three publications for states addressing accommodations and students with disabilities. This publication provides a comprehensive analysis of the peer review guidance i …
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Analysis of U.S. and International Educational Goal Frameworks

Analysis of U.S. and International Educational Goal Frameworks
A two-part analysis demonstrating (1) common themes across international educational goal frameworks, and (2) common foundational skills across U.S. labor industries. …
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Assessing Students' Affect Related to Assessment for Learning
Teachers who currently implement AFL have no systematic way of discerning the affective impact of this approach on their students. In an effort to provide teachers with tools for tracking st …
Categories: Literature Review, Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

Assessing Students with Disabilities: A Glossary of Assessment Terms in Everyday Language
This glossary provides an update to the 2003 glossary designed to provide user-friendly definitions of critical assessment terms. …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

Assessments

Assessments
As states implement new college and career-ready standards, they will also transition to new assessments designed to better measure if students are on track to college and career readiness. …
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Attributes of Effective Formative Assessment
This brief paper describes five key attributes that have been identified from the literature as critical features of effective formative assessment. …
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Back to School: Engaging with Parents about Common Core
Parent engagement is a vital step in successful Common Core implementation. This webinar features presentations by the PTA and provides state education agencies with helpful information on r …
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Balanced Systems of Assessment and Aligned Accountability
ILN states are establishing comprehensive systems of formative and summative assessment, including performance-based measures of deeper learning, that provide meaningful measures of college …
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Building an Interim Assessment System: A Workbook for School
The 2008 publication and the companion workbook (2010) provide a definition and corresponding framework for a thorough, district-level self-examination of readiness for the development or ac …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication

Building an Interim Assessment System: A Workbook for School Districts
This workbook contains the vision, infrastructure, and resource questions critical to a thorough, district-level self-examination of readiness for an interim assessment system. Staff at stat …
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Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Inquiry in Social Studies State Standards
Ensuring all students are college and career ready will mean that that states take time to update and upgrade all of their content standards. Simply focusing on the subjects in the Common Co …
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CCSS Publishers' Criteria Webinars
The Council of the Great City Schools and the Council of Chief State School Officers, in partnership with Student Achievement Partners, provided webinars for content developers focused on th …
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CCSSO Data Privacy & Security Policy Statement
This data privacy and security policy statement was adopted by the CCSSO Board of Directors at its November 2013 meeting. …
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CCSSO Webinar: English Language Learners and Mathematics: Using the ELPD Framework
This webinar will focus on the key practices in the mathematics standards and the features of discipline-specific language used by teachers and students while engaged in the learning of thes …
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CCSSO Webinar: English Language Learners and Science: Using the ELPD Framework
This webinar will focus on the key practices in forthcoming Next Generation Science standards and the features of discipline-specific language used by teachers and students while engaged in …
Category: Topical Research Summary | Type: Webinar
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CCSSO Webinar: Introduction to the K-8 Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for Educators and Policy Makers
This webinar provides an introduction to the K-8 Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for educators and policy makers. …
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CCSSO Webinar: Introduction to the K-8 Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for Publishers
This webinar will provide an overview of the K-8 Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for publishers. …
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CCSSO Webinar: One Percent Assessment Consortia and the Common Core
On July 10 at 2 p.m. ET, CCSSO hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the two 1% percent assessment consortia, Dynamic Learning Maps and the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC …
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CCSSO Webinar: Overview of the English Language Proficiency Development Framework
CCSSO is hosting a webinar to provide an overview of a new publication regarding the Common Core and English Language Learners. Come learn about the English Language Proficiency Development …
Category: Topical Research Summary | Type: Webinar
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CCSSO Webinar: What Teachers Can Learn from the New PARCC and Smarter Balanced Sample Assessment Items
CCSSO hosted a webinar with 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki on the recently released Partnership for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced sample …
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CCSSO’s Technical Expertise Exchange: A Place for States, Districts, and Providers to Exchange Information to Implement Education Reform
CCSSO's Technical Expertise Exchange is designed to connect state education agencies and districts with high quality providers. By providing a safe location to improve the connections betwee …
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Chief Transition Services

Chief Transition Services
CCSSO’s Chief Transition Services (CTS) provides strategic counsel for chiefs and state education agencies (SEAs) in times of leadership transition. CTS deploys executive talent in times of …
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Chiefs’ Pocket Guide to Class Size: A Research Synthesis to Inform State Class Size Policies

Chiefs’ Pocket Guide to Class Size: A Research Synthesis to Inform State Class Size Policies
A guide to make sense of current and historical class size research literature for use by Chief State School Officers and state education agnecy staff …
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Chiefs’ Research Primer: Measures of Effective Teaching study on teacher observation

Chiefs’ Research Primer: Measures of Effective Teaching study on teacher observation
A summary of Measures of Effective Teaching’s (MET) findings in "Gathering Feedback for Teaching: Combining High-Quality Observations with Student Surveys and Achievement Gains," 2012. …
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Closing the Gap in Reading and Math: NAEP Trends Show Significant Positive Effects for Almost Half the States
CCSSO has analyzed the state-level NAEP trends (available from the U.S. Department of Education online through the NAEP Report Card, A valid and useful method of applying state-level student …
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Closing the Gap in Science Achievement: Using NAEP Science Assessment Scores to Analyze State Trends
Since the 1990s, CCSSO has analyzed and reported state-level National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) trends using the student scores by state from one year’s assessment and compar …
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Collaborative Programs in General and Special Teacher Education An Action Guide for Higher Education and State Policy Makers
A major product of the Center for Improving Teacher Quality, a CCSSO-run federally funded center from 2002-2007, is the document Collaborative Programs in General and Special Teacher Educati …
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College and Career Readiness
ILN states have developed a shared framework for understanding college and career readiness (CCR). This framework focuses on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that have the greatest im …
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Common Core Implementation Video Series

Common Core Implementation Video Series
The Hunt Institute and CCSSO Release Common Core Implementation Video Series …
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Common Core State Standards: Implementation Tools and Resources

Common Core State Standards: Implementation Tools and Resources
CCSSO developed this list of tools and resources to point states to promising practices and tools to support Common Core State Standards implementation. This document primarily lists resourc …
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Common Core State Standards: State Spotlights
CCSSO has developed this list of state spotlights to facilitate networking among states and to highlight state implementation work. It is intended to be a quick reference document to support …
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Common Core Webinar Series
CCSSO hosts webinars throughout the year to provide assistance to states, districts, and teachers on Common Core implementation. You may listen to archived webinars on this page. …
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Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)

Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)
The Common Education Data Standards Initiative is a joint effort by CCSSO and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) in partnership with the United Staes Department of Educati …
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Commonly Unrecognized Error Variance in Statewide Assessment Programs: Sources of Error Variance and What Can Be Done to Reduce Them
This report summarizes the Phillips’ work on commonly unrecognized sources of error variance (or random variations in assessment results) and provides actions states can take to identify and …
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Competency Education Series: Policy Brief One
Part one of the Competency based education series includes a working definition for competency education, examples of states doing the ground breaking work in this area and an appropriate ro …
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Conducting Research to Answer Your Questions about Dual Enrollment
This resource is intended to help states and districts measure the effectiveness of dual enrollment efforts by providing a framework for data systems and sample research activities. …
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Confronting the Quiet Crisis: How Chief State School Officers are Advancing Quality Early Childhood Opportunities
This report shows how chiefs in five states led efforts to expand and improve early learning opportunities. …
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Connecting High-Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities and the Common Core State Standards to Advance Student Success
This brief explores ways to strengthen ELOs by building their connection to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. …
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Consistency for State Achievement Standards under NCLB
This paper provides suggestions and recommendations to state departments and state policy makers for setting consistent standards across grade levels. An argument is made that the new requir …
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Content and Instruction in Focus
The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum will pinpoint how instruction aligns with content by to guide users to answer critical questions. …
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Creating Aligned Standards and Assessments
This paper provides a discussion of lessons learned in addition to suggestions and recommendations to state departments and state policy makers for revising academic content standards in a m …
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Data Systems
Thank you for visiting SchoolDataDirect.org and SchoolMatters.com. CCSSO has taken SchoolDataDirect and its affiliated site, SchoolMatters, offline for the next several months. We are explo …
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Determining Adequate Yearly Progress in a State Performance or Proficiency Index Model
The purpose of this paper is to present an overview regarding how several states use a performance or proficiency index in their determination of adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the No …
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Developing Alternate Assessment Technical Adequacy (DAATA)
The DAATA Handbook is a state resource for evaluating and documenting the technical quality of alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with signi …
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Developing and Supporting School-Ready Leaders

Developing and Supporting School-Ready Leaders
Since 2000, the Council of Chief State School Officers has worked in partnership with The Wallace Foundation on supporting the differentiated and shared roles, responsibilities, and authorit …
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Developing High-Performing Systems of Reform

Developing High-Performing Systems of Reform
CCSSO is working to broaden the concept of state capacity and ensure real investment in state systems and infrastructure to breakdown the stove pipes of federal funding. …
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Distinguishing Formative Assessment from Other Educational Assessment Labels
The FAST SCASS has identified a modest collection of the labels that are currently used to describe various educationalassessment types. Assessment, in our view, includes more than tradition …
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District Audit Tool
This paper includes methods for states to diagnose district functioning in research-based dimensions that correlate to positive student achievement gains on standards-based assessments. …
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Does Teacher Professional Development Have Effects on Teaching and Learning? Analysis of Evaluation Findings from Programs for Mathematics and Science Teachers in 14 States
CCSSO conducted a study of teacher professional development programs in mathematics and science through a grant from the National Science Foundation. …
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Early Childhood Initiatives

Early Childhood Initiatives
CCSSO's Early Childhood Initiatives program works with chief state school officers, state education agencies and other partners to foster the healthy development, learning progress and schoo …
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EdSteps

EdSteps
EdSteps, currently under development, will give teachers, parents, and students a Web-based tool to compare their student work to that of other students. The centerpiece of the EdSteps Web s …
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Educare: Re-envisioning Education Beginning at Birth

Educare: Re-envisioning Education Beginning at Birth
This issue brief, written for education and state policy leaders, provides a detailed description of the Educare early childhood model. …
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Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World
This publication of CCSSO and the Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning puts forward a new definition for global competence and explores how to infuse the capacities of global compete …
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Education Information Management Advisory Consortium (EIMAC)

Education Information Management Advisory Consortium (EIMAC)
The Education Information Management Advisory Consortium (EIMAC) is CCSSO's network of state education agency officials tasked with data collection and reporting; information system manageme …
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Educational Leadership Policy Standards: ISLLC 2008
Educational Leadership Policy Standards: ISLLC 2008 …
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Educational Leadership Policy Standards: ISLLC 2008 as Adopted by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration
This document represents the latest set of high-level policy standards for education leadership. It provides guidance to state policymakers as they work to improve education leadership prepa …
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Effects of Teacher Professional Development Gains in Student Achievement: How Meta Analysis Provides Evidence Useful to Education Leaders
CCSSO was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a meta analysis study with the goal of providing state and local education leaders with scientifically-based evidenc …
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ELDA Brochure
A brochure for the ELDA product. …
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ELPA21 Field Test
ELPA21 Field Test …
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ELPA21 RFP for communications strategy planning, development, and implementation for the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)
ELPA21 is seeking RFPs for communications strategy planning, development, and implementation for the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) …
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Encouraging Greater Federal Investment in Education

Encouraging Greater Federal Investment in Education
Chiefs strongly believe that education is the single most important investment in the future of individuals and our nation. To promote excellence and equity for all students, we need increas …
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English Language Learners and English Language Arts: Using the ELPD Framework
This webinar will focus on the key practices in the English language arts standards and the features of discipline-specific language used by teachers and students while engaged in the learni …
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English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards
Building on the ELPD framework, CCSSO has utilized the services of WestEd and the Understanding Language team at Stanford University to develop a new set of ELP Standards which were complete …
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Evaluating the Comparability of Scores from Achievement Test Variations
In 2006, a consortium of state departments of education, led by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Council of Chief State School Officers, was awarded a grant from t …
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Event Information: What Teachers Can Learn from the New PARCC and Smarter Balanced Sample Assessment Items: Math
CCSSO hosted a webinar on the recently released Partnership for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced sample assessment items in mathematics with middle school mathem …
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Executive Summary: Strengthening Teacher Quality in High-Need Schools: Policy and Practice
Executive Summary: Strengthening Teacher Quality in High-Need Schools: Policy and Practice …
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Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO)

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO)
The Council’s Expanded Learning Opportunities project was established in 1998 to build state capacity to implement high-quality expanded learning opportunities (ELOs). …
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Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Policy Statement
Since 1998, CCSSO has researched and developed activities to build state capacity to support the growth, implementation, and sustainability of high-quality ELOs. This policy statement, which …
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Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Toolkit
This online toolkit was developed by the Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) program at CCSSO to support chief state school officers and state education agency staffs in your efforts to im …
Category: Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Website

Formative Assessment and Next-Generation Assessment Systems: Are We Losing an Opportunity?

Formative Assessment and Next-Generation Assessment Systems: Are We Losing an Opportunity?
With this publication, CCSSO seeks to illuminate and enrich the discussions around student assessment and help lead the development of more effective ways to assess student learning. These d …
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Formative Assessment: Examples of Practices
The purpose of this document is to provide examples of the FAST SCASS definition of formative assessment in practice, according to the attributes of effective formative assessment. …
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Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards
The ELPD Framework outlines the underlying English language practices found in the CCSS and the NGSS, communicates to ELL stakeholders the language that all ELLs must acquire in order to suc …
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards
A frequently asked questions document on the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards …
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Global Education Policy Statement
More than ever before, students from around the globe are learning to adapt to change and to capitalize on expanding opportunities to become multilingual and learn to use mathematics, scienc …
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Growth Model Comparison Study: A Summary of Results
This paper is a summary of the Goldschmidt multi-state study (2012) and is intended to provide timely and comprehensible information for practitioners and other stakeholders who may not have …
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Growth Model Comparison Study: Practical Implications of Alternative Models for Evaluating School Performance

Growth Model Comparison Study: Practical Implications of Alternative Models for Evaluating School Performance
This paper reports on an empirical study that compared the results of applying nine different analytic growth models to a large multi-state longitudinal data set (four consecutive years divi …
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Guide to United States Department of Education Growth Model Pilot Program 2005-2008
This report summarizes the U.S. Department of Education growth model pilot program from its inception through the conclusion of the pilot period when the growth model program was opened up t …
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High School Graduation: State Policies Driving Transparency and Success
The report describes recent state actions aimed at ensuring all students graduate from high school college-and career-ready, and policy issues such as graduation rate calculations, accountab …
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Hints and Tips for Addressing Accommodations Issues for Peer Review
First in a series of three publications for states addressing accommodations and students with disabilities. This publication is a quick reference for states preparing for peer review. …
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How to Use SEC Charts to Compare Common Core State Standards with prior State Standards
In 2010, the CCSSO Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) State Collaborative conducted a content analysis of the new Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. Now, …
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IDEA Partnership

IDEA Partnership
CCSSO works in partnership with the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) to support the goals of the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Partn …
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ILN Overview Video
This video provides an overview of the mission and work of CCSSO's Innovation Lab Network …
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Implementer’s Guide to Growth Models
This document discusses the theoretical and practical issues states will face as they design andimplement statewide achievement growth models to be used with accountability systems. Examples …
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Implementing Policy Changes that Support Innovation
CCSSO provides support to ILN states as they work with their legislatures to implement policy changes at the state level that will encourage providing every student with the knowledge, skill …
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Implementing the Common Core Standards (ICCS)

Implementing the Common Core Standards (ICCS)
CCSSO is convening a collaborative of interested states to work within state teams, across states, and with national experts to discuss and share concrete resources and strategies to meet th …
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Improving Accommodations Outcomes: Monitoring Instructional and Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Third in a series of three publications for states addressing accommodations and students with disabilities. This publication provides a comprehensive professional development guide for stat …
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Improving Teaching and Learning Using SEC Data: Online Professional Development with CCSS
CCSSO has worked with a consortium of three states to develop an online professional development guide for educators on how to use CCSSO's Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) data in the tra …
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Innovate to Educate: System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning - A Report from the 2010 Symposium
On August 4-6, 2010, CCSSO, ACSD, and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) convened 150 education thought leaders, practitioners, and technology providers in Boston, Massac …
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InTASC Lumibook: An Interactive Guide to Understanding and Applying the InTASC Standards to Teacher Effectiveness and Student Success

InTASC Lumibook: An Interactive Guide to Understanding and Applying the InTASC Standards to Teacher Effectiveness and Student Success
CCSSO, in collaboration with School Improvement Network, has released an innovative online resource to promote collaborative professional learning for teachers around the InTASC standards an …
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InTASC Model Core Standards At a Glance
This resource is a handy reference sheet listing all 10 InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue (April 2011) on two pages. …
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InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards 2011 MS Word Version
InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (2011): MS Word Version of Standards Text Only …
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InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers 1.0
This document includes the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue, which were released in April 2011, and the new InTASC Learning Progressions for Teachers 1.0: …
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InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue (April 2011)

InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue (April 2011)
The standards represent clear expectations about what all teachers should know and be able to do if they are going to improve achievement for our next generation of students. …
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InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue (April 2011)

InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue (April 2011)
The standards represent clear expectations about what all teachers should know and be able to do if they are going to improve achievement for our next generation of students. …
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INTASC Model Standards for Licensing General and Special Education Teachers of Students with Disabilities
The INTASC Model Standards for Licensing General and Special Education Teachers of Students with Disabilities were developed and published by INTASC in 2001 and describe what beginning gener …
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InTASC Research Summaries by Standard
InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards Research Studies Templates by Standard 2011 …
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InTASC Research Summaries by Standard
InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards Research Summaries by Standard 2011 …
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InTASC Research Synthesis
InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards Research Synthesis 2011 …
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InTASC Research Synthesis
InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards Research Synthesis 2011 …
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Interim Assessment Practices and Avenues for State Involvement
To help describe the range of recent practice in the use of "interim assessments" (medium-scale, medium cycle assessments), this study employed a case-study approach. This report profiles se …
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Interim Assessment Practices and Avenues for State Involvement – Appendices
This is a companion piece to the study summarizing the findings from case-studies profiling seven jurisdictions that administer, or support the use of, interim or benchmark assessments. Det …
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International Education Program

International Education Program
The Council’s international program provides an opportunity for members to investigate high performing education systems in other countries. CCSSO partners with other organizations to suppor …
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Joint CCSSO-ASCD Webinar: EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core
This webinar, hosted jointly by CCSSO and ASCD, will provide a tutorial on EduCore, a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help middle and high scho …
Category: Topical Research Summary | Type: Webinar
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Key Elements for Educational Accountability Models
The purpose of this report is to summarize the work that had been done prior to 2008 on develop­ing a set of standards for a good/valid accountability system. In addition, this paper describ …
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Key Elements for Educational Accountability Models in Transition: A Guide for Policymakers
State educational accountability models are in transition. Whether modifying the present accountability system to comply with existing state and federal requirements or anticipating new ones …
Categories: Research Report, Practice Guide / Handbook , Case Studies | Type: Publication

Key State Education Policies on PK-12 Education: 2004
This CCSSO report informs policymakers and educators about the current status of key education policies across the 50 states that define and shape elementary and secondary education in publi …
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Key State Education Policies on PK-12 Education: 2006
This CCSSO report informs policymakers and educators about the current status of key education policies across the 50 states that define and shape elementary and secondary education in publi …
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Key State Education Policies on PK-12 Education: 2008
This CCSSO report informs policymakers and educators about the current status of key education policies across the 50 states that define and shape elementary and secondary education in publi …
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Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions: The Innovation Lab Network State Framework for College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness, and Implications for State Policy

Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions: The Innovation Lab Network State Framework for College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness, and Implications for State Policy
This white paper provides the Innovation Lab Network's framework for defining college and career readiness consistent with deeper learning, and describes policy and implementation considerat …
Categories: Topical Research Summary , Practice Guide / Handbook | Type: Publication
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Learn More About the Assessment Consortia
45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in ELA and mathematics and one state, Minnesota, adopted only the ELA standards. The CCSS are desig …
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Learning About Assessment: An Evaluation of a Ten-State Effort to Build Assessment Capacity in High Schools
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- …
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Learning About Assessment: Evaluation of a Ten-State Effort to Build Assessment Capacity in High Schools
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- …
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Learning Progressions: Supporting Instruction and Formative Assessment
This paper describes the characteristics of learning progressions and how they can support teachers' use of formative assessment. The paper was commissioned and supported by the FAST SCASS. …
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Lessons Learned: Implementing and Improving Comprehensive and Balanced Learning and Assessment Systems in High School - A Report for State Education Leaders - Final Report from the Delaware Enhanced Assessment Grant
The Delaware Enhanced Assessment Grant project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education as an initiative to assist 10 state departments of education teams, and local school district an …
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Literature Review for the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (2011)

Literature Review for the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (2011)
The purpose of the literature review is to a) identify areas within the updated InTASC standards that are supported by empirical evidence and b) identify areas within the standards that are …
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Local and State Flexibility to Use Federal Funding for College and Career Ready Standards Implementation
CCSSO hosted a webinar exploring local and state flexibility in the use of federal funds for college and career ready standards. The webinar featured a presentation from Dr. Monique Chism, D …
Category: Topical Research Summary | Type: Webinar
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Making Decisions:Transition from State Standards to Common Core Standards
Since the beginning of the standards-based movement under the Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) continuing through the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), national ob …
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Mathematics & Science Education Task Force Executive Summary, 2006
The CCSSO Mathematics and Science Education Task Force convened to address a common set of concerns regarding the condition of mathematics and science education on the United States. …
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Mathematics & Science Education Task Force Recommendations, 2006
In May 2006, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) President Valerie Woodruff and the Board of Directors commissioned the creation of a mathematics and science education task force …
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Mathematics Common Core Standards and the Concept of Focus
On April 30 at 2 p.m. ET, CCSSO hosted a webinar on the Common Core mathematics. Our presenter was Ellen Whitesides, advisor for the Math SCASS. The webinar included a presentation on the c …
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Moving Forward with Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Efforts
This paper provides guidance developed by CCSSO's Early Childhood Education Assessment State Collaborative on the assessment of young children at the start of formal schooling. …
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National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA)

National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA)
The National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) provides a forum for conference attendees to find out what is happening in the world of assessment - what is new, what is changing, and w …
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Necessary for Success: Building Mastery of World-Class Skills – A State Policymakers Guide to Competency Education
An opportunity for state leaders to reflect upon the efforts of contemporaries around the country, Necessary for Success shares insights into re-engineering the policy and practices of our K …
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Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP)

Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP)
In 2012, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) convened a Task Force on Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession that issued a call to action to chief sta …
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Networked Improvement and Innovation
ILN states operate within a peer community facilitated by national practitioners and experts. Each ILN state selects a key staff member to act as the ILN point of contact, and attend informa …
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Online Computer-Based (Testing) Decision Making Tool
This is a link to a website intended to assist state education agency personnel make decisions and implementation plans associated with moving from a paper and pencil testing environment to …
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Operational Best Practices for Statewide Large-Scale Assessment Programs - Version 2013
Operational Best Practices for Statewide Large-Scale Assessment Programs - Version 2013 …
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Operational Best Practices for Statewide Large-Scale Assessment Programs 2013 Edition
In June 2006, the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) began discussions to identify and publish a set of voluntary, non-regulatory bes …
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Our Responsibility, Our Promise: Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession

Our Responsibility, Our Promise: Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession
Our Responsibility, Our Promise: Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession was written by a CCSSO task force composed of current and former chief state school officers, …
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Partnership for Next Generation Learning Overview
Over the past two years, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has been engaged in an intensive effort to chart a course to transform our public education system. To bring this …
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Performance Counts Assessment Systems that Support High Quality Learning
This white paper describes what a student assessment system could look like ifbuilt from the principles and best practices found in current educationalresearch and effective educational syst …
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Performance Expectations and Indicators for Education Leaders for Education Leaders
The Performance Expectations and Indicators for Education Leaders were developed by members of SCEL and funded by their state participation fees. We would like to thank the representatives o …
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Personalized Learning Experiences
ILN states are developing and scaling models of personalized, competency-based, anytime/anywhere learning pathways for students to attain college and career readiness, and are working to pre …
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Policy Statement on ESEA Reauthorization
This policy statement presents a vision for a “new deal” to guide reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA). States must continue to lead the way with bold, thoughtf …
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Policy Statement on School Health
The education community must look beyond standards setting and systems of accountability and join with public- and private sector mental health, health, and social services providers to addr …
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Policymakers’ Guide to Growth Models for School Accountability: How Do Accountability Models Differ?
The purpose of this paper is to define the key differences between the statistical models that can be used for school accountability and to examine the various factors important in making de …
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Preliminary Review: CCSSO Strategic Initiatives Identified in State Phase 1 Race to the Top Applications
This report is the result of a partnership between the Council of Chief State School Officers and Learning Point Associates. The impetus for this work is based upon our shared interest in gl …
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Principles and Processes for State Leadership on Next-Generation Accountability Systems
These principles serve as the framework for the design of new accountability systems and each state will build upon these principles to develop its own unique system that best fits its speci …
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Promoting Innovation in Federal Law

Promoting Innovation in Federal Law
Chiefs and state education agencies are already leading the way on college- and career-ready standards and transparent accountability and now need room for innovation and flexibility in how …
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Quality Assurance Practices Associated with Producing Cohort Graduation Rates
This paper is the second in a series exploring methods of implementing quality assurance practices in statewide accountability systems and focuses on the calculation of cohort graduation rat …
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Quality Control Checklist for Item Development and Test Form Construction
This checklist has been developed for use by state education agency staff to review developed test items and test forms submitted by vendors or item development committees. This checklist ca …
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Quality Control Checklist for Processing, Scoring, and Reporting
This checklist is appropriate for use with high-stakes tests as well as most other types of assessments and focuses on the quality control procedures for processing, scoring, and reporting. …
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Recommendations from the CCSSO Accountability Advisory Committee: A Vision for Improved Education Accountability Systems
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has a vision of improved education accountability systems. CCSSO recently convened a broad-based group of education leaders in an Accountab …
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Reference Performance Level Descriptors: Outcome of a National Working Session on Defining an “English Proficient” Performance Standard
This document is the second in a series of working papers that elaborate on a framework of four key stages in moving toward a common definition of English learner (EL). …
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Reprising the Home Language Survey: Summary of a National Working Session on Policies, Practices, and Tools for Identifying Potential English Learners
This document is the first in a series of working papers that elaborate on a framework of four key stages in moving toward a common definition of English learner, as described in the CCSSO p …
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Research and Development (R&D) Service

Research and Development (R&D) Service
CCSSO’s Research and Development (R&D) service assists chief state school officers by providing meaningful interactions between policymakers and leading evidence and research expertise. …
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Research-based Practices for Creating Access to the General Curriculum in Mathematics for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities
Review of literature and research regarding research-based practices in mathematics for students with significant intellectual disabilities. …
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Research-based Practices for Creating Access to the General Curriculum in Reading and Literacy for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities
Review of literature and research regarding research-based practices in reading and literacy for students with significant intellectual disabilities. …
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Research-based Practices for Creating Access to the General Curriculum in Science for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities
Review of literature and research regarding research-based practices in science for students with significant intellectual disabilities. …
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Roadmap for Competency-based Systems: Leveraging Next Generation Technologies
The Innovation Lab Network- a network of nine states facilitated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)-, and 2Revolutions, a national education design lab, released the Roadm …
Categories: Practice Guide / Handbook , Case Studies | Type: Publication, Website

Roadmap for Next-Generation State Accountability Principles
The Roadmap for Developing Next-Generation Accountability Systems (Roadmap) starts to operationalize the principles. It presents a vision for next-generation accountability systems to suppor …
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SCEL Toolkit for SEAS to Increase District Leadership Capacity
In an effort to help states meet the needs of their districts, especially underperforming districts, SCEL has developed this toolkit for SEAs to use to increase district leadership capacity. …
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School Choice in the States: A Policy Landscape
In order to support its member chief state school officers in making critical decisions about school choice policies, CCSSO has undertaken an effort to encourage the discussion of school cho …
Category: Research Report | Type: Publication

Special Education Resources for General Educators
This website was designed to provide general classroom educators with quick access to information and professional development about addressing the needs of students who have disabilities an …
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Standards for Educational Leaders: An Analysis
The purpose of this report: Standards for Educational Leaders: An Analysis, written by Mary Canole (CCSSO) and Michelle D. Young (UCEA), is to review the ISLLC 2008 standards in light of tod …
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State Assessment Program Item Banks: Model Language for Requests for Proposals (RFP) and Contracts
This document provides recommendations for request for proposal (RFP) and contract language that state education agencies can use to specify their requirements for access to test item banks. …
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State Collaboratives on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS)

State Collaboratives on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS)
The State Collaboratives on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) are groups of State Education Agency (SEA) career service professionals who work together to solve common educational pro …
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State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness (SCEE)

State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness (SCEE)
Recognizing the challenges of change, chief state school officers called for opportunities to collaborate across states to pool talent and resources. To answer the call, CCSSO has organized …
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State Education Agency (SEA) Common Core Implementation - Progress and Capacity Rubric
CCSSO developed this progress and capacity rubric for state education agencies (SEAs) with support from the U.S. Education Delivery Institute. The rubric is a tool for SEAs to use to assess …
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State Education Indicators with a Focus on Title I 2001-2002
State Education Indicators with a Focus on Title I 2001-02 is based on two-page profiles that report the same indicators for each state and it is the seventh in a series. …
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State End-of-Course Testing Programs: A Policy Brief
State policy makers increasingly rely on end-of-course (EOC) tests to support a variety of purposes and uses. Prominent among these uses are accountability initiatives at the student, teache …
Categories: Research Report, Practice Guide / Handbook , Case Studies | Type: Publication

State ESEA Flexibility Map
This is a map with information about state ESEA Flexibility Requests. …
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State Growth Models for School Accountability: Progress on Developing and Reporting
States have increased interest in the use of growth models for school accountability. Growth models are based on tracking change in individual student achievement scores over multiple years …
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State Growth Models for School Accountability: Progress on Developing and Reporting Measures of Student Growth
States have increased interest in the use of growth models for school accountability. Growth models are based on tracking change in individual student achievement scores over multiple years. …
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State Indicators of Science and Mathematics Education 2005
In cooperation with the state departments of education, federal agencies, and professional organizations, the Council of Chief State Schools Officers (CCSSO) has developed a system of state …
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State Indicators of Science and Mathematics Education 2007
The present report on state indicators of science and math education for 2007 is the latest in a series of biennial reports on state and national indicators that were initiated in 1991. The …
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State Indicators of Science and Mathematics Education 2007
In cooperation with the state departments of education, federal agencies, and professional organizations, CCSSO has developed a system of state indicators of the quality of science and mathe …
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State Leadership on Federal Funds Flexibility
The CCSSO working group convenes to share innovative ideas in how best to direct funds to improve student learning opportunities and develops tools for all states to use and to start a conve …
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State Policy Implications of the Model Core Teaching Standards
This paper is a companion to the Model Core Teaching Standards, outlining key considerations, recommendations, and cautions for using the core teaching standards to create a supportive state …
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State Policy Implications of the Model Core Teaching Standards (Draft Discussion Document)
This discussion paper is a companion piece to the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialog (April 2011) and describes policy levers states can use to adopt and imple …
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Statewide Educational Accountability Systems Under the NCLB Act—A Report on 2009 and 2010 Amendments to State Plans
The conclusion of the 2010–11 school year will mark nine plus years since enactment of the No Child Left BehindAct of 2001 (NCLB). Throughout this period, numerous states—sometimes almost ev …
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Statewide Educational Accountability under the NCLB Act—A Report on 2005 Amendments to State Plans
This report summarizes requests submitted by states in 2004-2005 to amend their educational accountability plans under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the decisions of the U. …
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Statewide Educational Accountability under the NCLB Act—A Report on 2006 Amendments to State Plans
This report summarizes requests submitted by states in 2005-2006 to amend their educational accountability plans under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the decisions of the U. …
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Statewide Student Assessment: 2009-2010
This report contains critical information regarding statewide assessments administered to public school students during the school year 2009-10. …
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Summer Learning Opportunities in High-Poverty Schools
report highlights five effective summer learning programs, based in high-poverty schools, that have contributed to improved student achievement. …
Category: Case Studies | Type: Publication

Supporting English Language Learners

Supporting English Language Learners
State education reform efforts triggered by the broad adoption of the Common Core State Standards (and parallel efforts to raise standards to meet college- and career-ready goals) have combi …
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Supporting Student Success: The Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities
This report describes policy strategies pursued by six states with funding from the Mott Foundation to integrate expanded learning opportunities into education reform. …
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Surveys of Enacted Curriculum Online Tool and Data Reporting
The purpose of this site is to encourage teacher reflection and conversation about classroom practice and instructional content …
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Surveys of Enacted Curriculum: Content & Instruction In Focus
Information about the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum process and benefits …
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Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness Policies
CCSSO and the Aspen Institute released a set of recommendations for forging coherence across common core and educator effectiveness. Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Commo …
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The Common Core Standards: Engaging Higher Education
On April 5, 2012, CCSSO hosted a webinar on engaging higher education in Common Core implementation. …
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The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a joint effort by CCSSO and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. Governors and state commissioners of education from a …
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The Common Core State Standards: Insight into Their Development and Purpose
This publication provides a clear, concise, and accurate summary of the rationale and development process of the Common Core, along with a summary of the research base supporting the standar …
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The Common Core State Standards: Supporting Districts and Teachers with Text Complexity
To provide states with additional Common Core State Standards implementation support, the Council of Chief State School Officers hosted a one-hour webinar on Thursday, January 26th at 2 p.m. …
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The Future of Career Technical Education (CTE) Assessment Executive Summary
On behalf of the states that participated in the 2009–10 State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) on Technical Skills Assessment, this paper addresses two significant …
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The Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC)

The Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC)
The Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) is a consortium of state education agencies and national educational organizations dedicated to the reform of the preparatio …
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The Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC)

The Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC)
The Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) is a consortium of state education agencies and national educational organizations dedicated to the reform of the preparatio …
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The National Teacher of the Year Program

The National Teacher of the Year Program
The National Teacher of the Year program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. …
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The Quality Imperative: A State Guide to Achieving the Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities
This publication highlights the characteristics of high-quality ELOs and the specific action steps state leaders can take to lead the effort to implement a comprehensive state ELO quality sy …
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TILSA Test Security Guidebook
As the testing environment is shifting with new reliance on technology, common tests across states, and more personal stakes for educators, the security of state testing programs will be acu …
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Toolkit for Evaluating Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials
In joint partnership, CCSSO, Achieve, and Student Achievement Partners have developed a Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core Stat …
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Toward a “Common Definition of English Learner”
States participating in the Smarter Balanced or Partnership for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) assessment consortia as well as those participating in either of the two English lang …
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Toward a “Common Definition of English Learner”: Guidance for States and State Assessment Consortia in Defining and Addressing Policy and Technical Issues and Options
States participating in the four federally-funded assessment consortia are required to establish a “common definition of English Learner.” This paper provides guidance that consortium member …
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TRANSFORMING EDUCATION: Delivering on Our Promise to Every Child
It is imperative that we transform the national education agenda so that each and every child may succeed. CCSSO, has worked in collaboration with members, partners and thought leaders to id …
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Transition to High-Quality, College- and Career-Ready Assessments: Principles to Guide State Leadership and Federal Requirements
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 wor …
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Validation of Uses and Interpretations of State Assessments
This paper focuses on consequential validity, an area of validity that states have not directly addressed as part of the NCLB peer review process. Primary attention is given to evidence rega …
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Validity Threats: Detection and Control Practices for State and Local Education Officials
The passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) required all states to implement or revise accountability and reporting systems using a set of business rules prescribed within the …
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Validity Threats: Detection and Control Practices for State and Local Education Officials
Validity Threats: Detection and Control Practices for State and Local Education Officials (CCSSO, 2006) is designed to assist states with developing accountability systems. …
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Vertical Scaling in Standards-Based Educational Assessment and Accountability Systems
This paper describes vertical scaling as a method for linking a set of test forms of increasing difficulty, and explores the applicability of these methods for standards-based educational ac …
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Vertical Scaling in Standards-Based Educational Assessment and Accountability Systems
This paper describes vertical scaling as a method for linking a set of test forms of increasing difficulty, and explores the applicability of these methods for standards-based educational ac …
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Web Links to State Teacher Licensing Standards
Web Links to 50 State Teacher Licensing Standards …
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Webcast: State Chiefs Discuss Implementing New Accountability Systems
Watch CCSSO's webcast of chiefs discussing state NCLB waiver implementation. Chris Cerf, Commissioner of Education for the New Jersey Department of Education, Terry Holliday, Commissioner of …
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Webinar: CCSSO Briefing Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession
The webcast is a recording of the public release from a briefing earlier in the day, featuring Thomas Luna, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jason Glass, Iowa Director of Educatio …
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Webinar: Language Arts Instructional Strategies for Special Education Teachers and All Teachers
On April 10, CCSSO hosted a webinar, supported by the Kansas EAG State Consortium project, titled “Language Arts Instructional Strategies for Special Education Teachers and All Teachers”. Pr …
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Webinar: The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: Shifts and Implications for ELA Instruction
On April 12, CCSSO hosted a webinar, supported by the Kansas EAG State Consortium project, titled “The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: Shifts and Implications for ELA …
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Webinar: The Use of the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) Data and Transition to the Common Core
On March 21, CCSSO hosted a webinar titled, "Transition to the Common Core Standards: What Do Educators Need to Know". The presenters included Carolyn Eastman, CCSSO Consultant, and Nicole, …
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Webinar: Transition to the CCSS for Teachers of Student with Significant Cognitive Disabilities" Aligning Instruction to Standards
On April 16, CCSSO hosted a webinar, supported by the Kansas EAG State Consortium project, titled “Transition to the CCSS for Teachers of Student with Significant Cognitive Disabilities" Ali …
Type: Webinar