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Appropriate Use of High Stakes Testing in Our Nation’s Schools (2001)
This report, available from the Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association contains frequently asked questions (FAQs) about psychological testing, ordering information for Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, and links to the Joint Committee on Testing Practices and the Testing Information Clearinghouse.

Assessing Deeper Learning: The Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project (Archived Webinar) (2014)
The Alliance for Excellent Education, after hosting “Assessing Deeper Learning: The Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project,” a January 16, 2014 webinar on using curriculum-embedded performance measures to learn and demonstrate deeper learning competencies students need for college and a career, archived the event. The webinar focused on the Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project (OPAPP), which includes a system of learning and assessment tasks aligned with the Common Core State Standards. OPAPP includes sustained, collaborative professional learning through all components of the program, including formative assessment to support student learning, technical training, and writing and scoring of assessment tasks. It explores the use of performance tasks to elicit and assess complex thinking and communication skills and what this means for designing curricula and varied structures for professional learning to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to help all students attain high-level cognitive and intrapersonal skills.

Career Readiness Instruments Across States: A Summary of Survey Findings (2013)
The Center on Education Policy (CEP) has published “Career Readiness Assessments Across States: A Summary of Survey Findings Center on Education Policy,” on how states are defining career readiness and which assessments states and districts are using to measure this attribute. The report is based on a survey administered in the summer of 2013 to state directors of career and technical education or their designees about career readiness assessments. A total of 46 states completed the survey, counting the District of Columbia. Also available on this site are four related papers containing additional details on the main topics covered in the summary report, including the responses of specific states and profiles of major career and technical assessments.

Educational Testing Service (ETS): Information About Testing Accommodations (2002)
Contains information from the ETS Office of Disability Policy about testing accommodations and registration for various tests (AP, SAT, GMAT, GRE, TOEFL), frequently asked questions, and links to other resources and organizations.

NCEO Topics on Assessment
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) provides national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELLs).
NCEO topics include the following sections: Overview, FAQs, State Policies, and Publications and Resources.

North Central Regional Educational Library (NCREL): Approaches to Authentic Assessment
Includes an overview of authentic assessments and rubrics (e.g., portfolios; competencies and achievement standards; exhibitions; oral presentations).

PARA Accessible Reading Assessment Reports
The Partnership for Accessible Reading Assessment (PARA) engaged in research on and development of accessible reading assessments to provide a valid demonstration of reading proficiency for increasingly diverse populations of students in public schools, and particularly for students with disabilities that affect reading. This page provides links to a series of reports examining the accessibility of reading assessments in relation to students with disabilities.'

The Nation's Report Card: What Every Parent Should Know About the National Assessment of Educational Progress (2012)
Parents, have you ever wondered how NAEP fits into the big picture and what its results tell us about education? Are you curious about how NAEP sparks change across the country, and what resources are available for you and your child? Find out all of this information and more in a brochure that the National Center for Education Statistics has developed especially for you! "The Nation’s Report Card: What Every Parent Should Know about NAEP" is a promotional, plain language brochure that is written to engage all parents. It introduces parents to what NAEP is and why it is valuable. It also offers a glimpse into the types of information that NAEP provides, and the resources parents can use on their own.

Web Sites

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University
Information and resources relating to accountability and assessment practices that promote continuous improvement for all students and for schools in urban settings.

FairTest (National Center for Fair & Open Testing)
Organization advocates and provides technical assistance relating to equity in the use of standardized tests for K-12, university admissions, and employment matters.

Intervention Central
Online newsletter and training resources pertaining to school-based intervention and assessment issue. Contains manuals for teachers on curriculum-based measurement and classroom behavior report cards.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Information about NAEP assessments, also known as the Nation’s Report Card. Includes background about NAEP, uses of test results for state and national policymakers, links to relevant publications, and changes to NAEP’s policy to allow the use of assessment accommodations for students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency.

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
General information about NCEO’s research and dissemination concerning educational outcomes, indicators, and assessments for students with and without disabilities. This Web site includes online technical and research reports on the following topics: reporting of assessment results; student participation in large scale assessments and their use of accommodations; work with states and federal agencies to identify important outcomes of education for students with disabilities; and collaboration among general educators and special educators to increase access to the general education curriculum. The site also contains special topic areas in alternate assessments, accountability, out-of-level testing, participation of students, and others.

National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST)
CRESST is a partnership of UCLA, the University of Colorado, Stanford University, RAND, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Southern California, Educational Testing Service, and the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. CRESST research and dissemination focuses on the validity of educational assessments and accountability measures, addressing persistent problems in the design and use of assessment systems to serve multiple purposes.

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
U.S. Department of Education Web site on the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, legislation described as the most sweeping educational reform since the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Includes individual state-level information about features of the act, including its accountability provisions, as well as downloadable booklets for families, educators, and communities.

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