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Standards and Assessments

Rigorous and clearly communicated standards are crucial in helping all students meet their academic goals. The NWCC provides technical assistance to help Northwest states’ support their districts and schools in implementing rigorous college- and career-ready standards and aligned high-quality assessments.

The following resources related to this priority area have been compiled by NWCC staff.

Resources

Assessments for High School Graduation


The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation (CSAI) recently conducted a scan of states’ current assessment requirements for high school graduation, reviewing websites maintained by state departments of education and other government agencies. This CSAI Update provides a summary of what...

A Compendium of Research on the Common Core State Standards


The Center on Education Policy released an updated compendium that includes over 85 research studies focused on the Common Core State Standards and encompasses research from multiple sources, such as government entities, independent organizations, and peer-reviewed publications from academic...

What's Learned First, What's Learned Together? Developing a Yearlong Plan from the K–8 College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematical Content


The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation (CSAI) released a resource providing the first step for merging mathematical content and practice standards in daily instruction. It helps teachers organize and arrange content standards into a meaningful yearlong sequence of learning, while...

Preparing Teachers for the Common Core: Aligning Preparation Program Curricula


The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders released a brief answering the question: How are states aligning teacher preparation program curricula to the Common Core State Standards?

Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members on Community Partnerships for Student Success


The National School Boards Association released a report reflecting the importance of school boards working in partnership with various stakeholders in supporting the success of all students. It also serves as a blueprint for school board members who wish to create a better-coordinated system of...

Standards Implementation Framework


The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation released a guidance document for states and districts in planning for, evaluating, and validating their standards implementation. It provides a general model to implementing new or revised content standards and represents a compilation of best...

Toolkit for Evaluating Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials


CCSSO, Achieve, and Student Achievement Partners have developed a Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards. The Toolkit is a set of interrelated, freely available instruments for evaluating alignment to the CCSS; each tool in...

Fundamentals of Learning: Resource #2


The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation released a publication providing a framework, the Fundamentals of Learning, to assist teachers in transitioning to the Common Core State Standards. The authors focus on three fundamental aspects of learning for K–12 students’ attainment of the...

Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: State Education Agencies’ Views on the Federal Role


The Center on Education Policy released a report, based on a winter/spring 2013 survey of 40 Common Core State Standards-adopting states, examining state education agency (SEA) officials’ views on the federal role in implementing the standards. The report finds that, although a direct federal role...

On the Road to Assessing Deeper Learning: The Status of Smarter Balanced and PARCC Assessment


CRESST released a report describing the evidence centered design framework guiding assessment development for both Smarter Balanced and PARCC as well as each consortia’s plans for system development and validation.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Item Writing Online Trainings


Smarter Balanced has created a series of online trainings about the development of assessment items and performance tasks.

Core Commons: Emerging Strategies and Issues in Implementing the Common Core


The Education Commission of the States (ECS) released a new resource for states, policymakers, and the public on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Preparing for Change: A National Perspective on Common Core State Standards Implementation Planning


Education First and the Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center released a report examining state Common Core State Standards planning activities in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

Spotlight on the Common Core State Standards: What Do District Administrators Need to Know?


Education Northwest released a brief that reviews actions district administrators should consider taking now to prepare their schools for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation.

A Closer Look at the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: An Orientation Module


Education Northwest released an introductory module that will assist teachers, administrators, and leaders of kindergarten through high school in building an understanding of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics.

Connecting High-Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities and the Common Core State Standards to Advance Student Success


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released a brief exploring ways to strengthen expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) by building their connection to the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Spotlight on the Common Core State Standards - What Do Parents Need to Know?


What do parents need to know about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? How will they affect teaching and assessing mathematics and English language arts? What are the benefits, and what can parents do to prepare for the CCSS?

Benchmark Assessment for Improved Learning


The Assessment and Accountability Center has published a report describing the purposes of benchmark assessments that includes recommendations for selecting and using benchmark assessments.

On the Road to Implementation: Achieving the Promise of the Common Core State Standards


Achieve has released a publication identifying the key areas that state policymakers will need to consider to implement the new common core standards with fidelity.

Common Core State Standards


The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) have released the public draft of the K–12 Common Core Standards.