After 24 years in the K-12 education space, Achieve has shut its doors. Read the statement from Michael Cohen, President of Achieve here.
Our website www.achieve.org will remain available through December 31, 2020.
Former Achieve science team members have founded the NextGenScience project at WestEd where they will continue working with educators and partners across the nation to improve the quality of science education. Please visit their website and @NextGenScience to learn more about their work. They will continue to serve as stewards of the NGSS, sharing resources with the field through the nextgenscience.org website, NGSSNow newsletter, and @OfficialNGS.
All students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship.
Across the country, education leaders are adding their voices to the call to address the issue of overtesting in schools. To assist districts in ensuring they have a coherent assessment strategy in place and only administer tests that are useful and of high quality, Achieve developed the Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts in 2014. Designed from a student perspective, the process can be used by education leaders to make decisions about what amount of testing is appropriate and to be more transparent with parents about the testing in schools.
In 2015, Achieve provided targeted support to districts and support organizations in Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, and Tennessee to complete the inventory process, make recommendations, and take action to streamline assessment systems and ensure that they are coherent and high quality. This report tells their stories, which we hope will show that districts around the country can proactively and effectively address the overtesting issue. These districts have taken real, concrete steps to reduce the testing burden on students while ensuring that educators have the valuable information they need to improve student performance.