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.
High school students across the country take a variety of assessments for different purposes. Students in some states take high school exit exams required for graduation. Students in other states take state-developed end-of-course exams that factor into their course grades. Federal law requires that, at a minimum, states assess high school students at least once in English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science; these results are used for school accountability. Students in some states also take an additional series of tests for college entrance or college credit, such as the ACT or SAT college admissions exams, PSAT, Advanced Placement exams, and International Baccalaureate exams — the list goes on.
With states’ recent transitions to new assessments and accountability systems, we wanted to know more about how these varied assessments, with varied purposes, matter for students and schools. In March 2019, Achieve compiled a list of each state’s required 2018–19 high school assessments in mathematics, ELA, science, social studies, and career readiness. Next, we analyzed whether and how the assessments matter for students and for schools, and whether states have assessments that matter for both students and schools. Finally, we analyzed whether states have created statewide policies that signal to students in high school whether they are ready for college-level work based on performance on a high school assessment.