- Transitioning assessment systems
- Transitioning accountability systems
The clock is rapidly ticking down to 2014/2015 and a great deal of work will be required over the next couple of years in order to transition to and implement the next generation of state assessments being developed by the RTTA common assessment consortia, individual states and/or others. As states plan for implementation, it would be beneficial to develop a shared data repository of issues, action steps, and plans related to the implementation of new assessments and how states are responding to the various challenges they are all facing.
In 2011, the Assessment Solutions Group (ASG) began surveying states on their plans and the progress they were making in moving to implement the next generation assessment systems. The goal of the project is to gather important information on the key issues and challenges states face in transitioning to the new assessment systems, how states are responding to these issues and challenges and make all the data available to participating states in an easy to use format. This information will help states learn what others are doing to transition their assessment systems and help ease the flow of communication among the states. ASG has been conducting two surveys per year through implementation with topics covering areas such as:
- Issues in technology implementation (hardware, bandwidth, training) – how are states responding to the technology readiness surveys and helping districts to prepare for new online assessment?
- Issues in moving from one assessment program to another (reporting, equating, scaling) – how states are planning for the transition from their assessment program to those provided by the various assessment consortia?
- Assessment program elements that will remain in place after 2014/2015 – what additional assessment components will the states maintain?
- Use of assessment information for identification of focus and priority schools, high school graduation, teacher accountability and other purposes – how states are planning to address the several state mandates or federal requirements through either their common and/or unique assessment efforts?
- Assessment system implementation – what steps are the states taking to prepare districts for the implementation of the new assessments?
- Current state assessment system structure and cost – what are states spending now and what are they planning (or willing) to spend on the new assessments in 2014-2015?
- Contingency planning – what planning are the states engaged in to prepare if the planned common assessments are not available when needed or if they do not meet states’ needs?
- State requested topics – participating states were also permitted to suggest survey topics that they wanted to know more about. These key outcomes will also be presented.
The information collected via the surveys has been summarized by ASG and reported back to the states in a MS Access database. The data will also be made available on the company website in a series of easy to use report formats.
This session will focus on the results of the data collection efforts for the first two survey periods and key findings. Come listen to how states are preparing and planning on implementing the next generation of assessments.