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Learn about state and district policies that support performance assessment & evidence from research to support these policies

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Performance Assessment & 21st Century Learning
Voices in Urban Education (VUE)
Annenberg Institute for School Reform
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Against a backdrop of the opportunities provided by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the challenges for education posed by the new federal administration, this issue of Voices in Urban Education (VUE) proposes performance assessment as a personalized and rigorous alternative to...

State Accountability
Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE)
Ruth Chung Wei
Vinci Daro
Nicole Holthuis
Kari Kokka
Daisy Martin
Nicole Renner
Jill Wertheim
Susan E. Schultz
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This report seeks to make large-scale assessments of student achievement more transparent and provide guidance on item development and quality. The report provides an in-depth look at what is assessed in a selection of current large-scale assessment items to illustrate what kinds of student...

State Examples
Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)
Diane Friedlaender
Dion Burns
Heather Lewis-Charp
Channa Mae Cook-Harvey
Xinhua Zheng
Linda Darling-Hammond
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This report focuses on schools using student-centered practices through either the Linked Learning initiative or Envision Education model. Linked Learning, a state-wide initiative, integrates rigorous academics with career-based learning and real-world workplace experiences.  The main features...

Equity Issues
Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)
Diane Friedlaender
Linda Darling-Hammond
Jon Snyder
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This policy brief describes how four student-centered high schools support student success. In addition, it recommends policy strategies that could sustain schools like these on a much broader scale, so that they become the norm rather than the exception.  The four high schools featured in this...

Performance Assessment & 21st Century Learning
Center for Teaching Quality
Barnett Berry
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This paper is about transforming how students learn and lead by re-evaluating the systems that govern teacher learning and leadership.  By integrating a variety of research evidence and narratives, the author examines current reforms' limitations, explore deeper learning’s promise, and summarize...

State Examples
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Ace Parsi
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This report is aimed at supporting state boards of education that are working on providing significantly more students with deeper learning opportunities and facilitating board-level conversations on key related topics. The report provides foundational principles that underlie deeper learning,...