Assessment Policy Overview
Content standards and assessments of student achievement are the backbone of the current standards-based based education policy system. Assessments are intended to reinforce the content messages of standards in order to drive instruction toward alignment. Increasingly, assessments are also used to hold students, educators, and schools accountable for their performance.
Researchers at CEG are at the forefront of issues in the design and impacts of assessments and assessment policies. They are studying the alignment among instruction, standards, and assessments under No Child Left Behind, the impacts of state policy on instruction, the design of assessments more sensitive to high-quality, aligned instruction, and the role of instructional content in estimating teachers’ value-added on state tests.