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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 …
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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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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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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 …
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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. …
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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 …
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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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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 …
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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 …
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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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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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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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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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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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ELDA Brochure
A brochure for the ELDA product. …
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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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ESSA Elevating School Leaders
The Council of Chief State School Officers developed this guide to help states use new funding opportunities available under the Every Student Succeeds Act to elevate school leadership state …
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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 …
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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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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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Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning

Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is proud to release a new framework state education leaders and policymakers can use to find innovative ways to make sure every child gradu …
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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: 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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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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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Missouri Leadership Development System- Emerging Level Facilitator Guide
The primary purpose of the Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) is the development and support of effective school leaders. Effective school leadership is an essential factor to ens …
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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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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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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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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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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 …
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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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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 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 …
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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 (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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Surveys of Enacted Curriculum: Content & Instruction In Focus
Information about the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum process and benefits …
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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 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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