Graduation Requirements and Measures: A Review of Performance Assessment Implementation in Select States for the New York State Education Department
This report, produced by the Region 2 Comprehensive Center in consultation with the New York State Education Department, presents seven deep-dive case studies on the implementation of performance-based assessments in Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.
The case studies illustrate implementation processes, successes, areas for improvement, and lessons learned. This report contributes to the growing research on performance-based assessment, highlighting specific state-level policies that include performance-based assessments as part of a more robust assessment system.
This report outlines the general themes that emerged from the case studies, followed by state profiles with details about the implementation of performance-based assessments for each of the states and the consortium included in the data collection.
Despite implementation differences, a common theme was that performance-based assessments are used to provide more opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery of skills and content. Case study states integrate performance-based assessments as a complement or an alternative to traditional multiple-choice tests.
Some Key Insights
- Intentional work should be done to align performance-based assessments with standards, curricula, and instruction.
- Collaboration and involvement with teachers and administrators are crucial.
- States and districts need to invest in building the capacity of teachers and leaders to effectively design and implement performance-based assessments.
- Provide clear communication about what performance-based assessment is, what its purpose is, and how it will be used, and build advocacy and support for implementation.
- Address inclusion and equity throughout the process.
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