Becoming Assessment Ready

Raising the Bar brochure

High-stakes online assessments, most notably the Common Core State Standards, are poised to launch over the next two years. It is a daunting task to get technology up to code, but there are steps schools and districts can take to ensure that their IT is ready to handle new online assessments. CoSN, ENA, and the eLearn Institute have developed a Becoming Assessment Ready Toolkit as part of our overall efforts to ensure all districts can make the transition smoothly. We will continue to work with districts and CCSS leaders to give all students a chance for college and career readiness.

It is truly an exciting time to be in education. There is an opportunity for leaders to break from the status quo and catapult their districts into the 21st century, and one of the guideposts of this transformation will be the successful adoption of new online assessments. It is a complex and challenging job to prepare your district, but our Raising the BAR: Becoming Assessment Ready Toolkit will help de-mystify the process.

Coming soon in January! In collaboration with AASA and NSBA, we have updated our Becoming Assessment Ready Toolkit with a new report and online planning assessment tool. Get an early preview of the new report. 

Get started using this suite of resources with our Executive Summary, then dive into our White Paper and the rest of the resources highlighted below!

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Readiness Recommendations and Checklist Readiness Recommendations and Checklists

As the saying goes, “Success is when preparation meets opportunity.” Access a list of key readiness recommendations for becoming assessment ready, each of which is accompanied by a checklist of items for school districts to consider as they prepare for online assessments.

School District Case Studies School District Case Studies

Detailed case studies of three school districts—Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee, Metropolitan School District of Warren Township in Indiana, and West Side School District #202 in Idaho—will be included in the suite of resources. The case studies capture experiences, recommendations, and best practices as the districts prepared for online assessments.

Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions

(or get SBAC and PARCC's answers in video form)

CoSN and the e-Learn Institute conducted an online survey, directing key questions to school districts. They took the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) or concerns from their responses and posed them to the Smarter Balanced and PARCC consortia. Have questions or concerns?

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