Publications

Achieve publishes national and state reports as well as policy briefs, surveys, and white papers that focus on preparing all students for college and careers. All of these publications are available to the public for free in PDF format.  

July 28, 2014 | 
Across states, what a competency-based system looks like, and how states transition to it, will vary based on state priorities and context — which only reinforces the value of state leadership to find the route that fits best. The journey to change from a traditional system to a competency-based system that succeeds in helping far more students be prepared for college and career will require strong and steady leadership. This work is complicated and challenging, but worthwhile. This paper is designed to provide guidance to state leaders to ensure that their efforts translate into the right actions in districts and schools and then into solid results for students.
June 04, 2014 | 
This Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts is a tool district leaders can use to take stock of their assessments and assessment strategy, and do so from a student perspective.
May 28, 2014 | 
Achieve and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) developed this brief to catalyze action—providing guidance and recommendations for states on how they can take steps in the next few years to ensure that the “career” in their college- and career-ready accountability and public reporting system is not an afterthought but rather a powerful lever to focus priorities, drive progress, and ultimately see more students, and their communities, succeed.
March 14, 2014 | 
Achieve’s third national poll – Voter Perceptions: Common Core State Standards & Tests – shows solid majorities of voters support common standards, common assessments, and allowing teacher and students time to adjust to these new expectations.
January 13, 2014 | 
In partnership, Achieve, the Council of Chief State School Officers and EducationCounsel have developed State Transition to High-Quality, College/Career-Ready Assessments: A Workbook for State Action on Key Policy, Legal and Technical Issues. The purpose of this document is to provide states with a workbook to inform this transition to high-quality, CCR assessments, with a particular focus on the policy, legal, and technical decisions states must address. This workbook (along with state team meetings and other supports) is meant to help each state (1) evaluate its current readiness for this important transition, (2) identify priority issues for state action, and (3) develop a workplan to guide assessment transition over time. This workbook was initially presented in draft for use at the CCSSO state team meeting on transition to high-quality, CCR assessments on August 20-21, 2013. We are continuing to revise and expand as appropriate to keep information updated and relevant.

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