Publications

November 11, 2014 | 
In joint partnership, Achieve, The Council of Chief State School Officers, and Student Achievement Partners have developed a Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards. The Toolkit is a set of interrelated, freely available instruments for evaluating alignment to the CCSS; each tool in the Toolkit supports the expectations in the CCSS and derives from the Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards. The toolkit was originally released in July 2013 and updated in August 2014.
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.

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