Area of Work

Standards, Assessment, & Accountability

WestEd helps clients develop comprehensive standards and standards-based assessment and accountability systems. Our work impacts students of all ages and learning paths, including early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and career technical education..

We partner with clients nationwide, providing policy guidance and assessment design services responsive to local contexts. We create customized, research-based solutions that fairly and validly gauge student performance, and we provide guidance for educators and policymakers on making the best use of results.

Services to Help You

Alignment Studies: Content Standards to Assessments, and Content Standards to Curricula

Do tests measure the state academic standards? The answer is critical to decision-makers relying on test results.

Technical Assistance

Assessment Literacy Workshops: Promoting Understanding of Assessment and the Effective Use of Summative Test Results Among K-12 Educators

How can results from state or district assessments be used to improve teaching and learning in your school or district? WestEd's Assessment Literacy Workshops — tailored to your unique needs — can help further your educators' assessment literacy expertise as ...

Professional Development

Building Educator Assessment Literacy (BEAL): Making the Most of Smarter Balanced Performance Tasks to Improve Teaching and Learning

Learn how to effectively use Smarter Balanced performance tasks during classroom instruction to improve student learning outcomes.

Professional Development

Content Standards Review and Revision

Do your standards embody the rigor necessary to prepare students for college and career?

Technical Assistance