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Assessment and Accountability

How can teachers know if their students are learning—and what might be supporting or impeding students' progress? How can teachers know that students have met the expectations embodied in the standards?

Implementing new standards requires carefully thought-out assessment and accountability systems. As a nationally recognized leader in small- and large-scale education measurement, WestEd helps schools, districts, and states develop different levels and types of assessment, including:

  • Formative assessments to guide instruction and support student mastery of standards within units of study
  • Performance assessment to measure students’ skills in applying new information
  • End-of-unit assessments aligned with Smarter Balanced or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers specifications, to measure student mastery of grade-level content

WestEd also provides a range of professional-learning opportunities to prepare educators to implement the assessments and make the best use of the resulting information.

In addition, we offer support for developing comprehensive local and large-scale accountability systems designed to inform educators, parents, policymakers, and the public about student performance.


Available Services



CCSS Access for All Instructional Planning Through Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional planning framework that honors student learning variability and access to curriculum and instruction. The Common Core State Standards and related assessments are based on UDL principles and are, thus, critical to the implementation and success of the college and career readiness of all students.

This professional learning series, which includes cohort-based learning and follow-up coaching, has the following goals:

  • Identify the principles, guidelines, and checkpoints of UDL.
  • Implement UDL strategies and accommodations that improve access to curriculum and instruction.
  • Access UDL resources and increase usage in the classroom setting.
  • Coach and consult with teachers to increase the access for ALL students.

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Classroom Formative Assessment

WestEd offers in-person professional development sessions  that support teachers and school leaders in learning and adopting formative assessment practices that allow them to gather feedback and adjust their instruction to improve student outcomes. Participating teachers will gain skills and knowledge that can be applied to quickly gather evidence of learning during instruction, document and explore that evidence with students, and help students more effectively use formative assessment results to move their own learning forward.

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Common Core Assessment Builds: Math and English Language Arts

WestEd trainers are available to help ease the transition to the Common Core and provide districts, schools, and assessment committees (typically three to four teachers per grade and subject) with the necessary knowledge to select or design standards-aligned instructional units and assessments. ELA/literacy and mathematics committees are typically trained separately.

Trainings range from five to ten days, depending on whether the district or school has already established their instructional units, and if they choose to create assessments from scratch, refine assessment items from an existing item-bank, or simply select assessment items. The length of training also varies based on the committee(s) plans to conduct work in between training sessions.

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Support for School- and District-Level Assessment Literacy and Data Use

These WestEd professional development sessions provide job-embedded guidance on the design and implementation of effective measures of student progress and growth, as well as how to integrate student learning objectives into evaluation systems. Participating teachers and administrators will learn about structured processes and protocols to support data-based teamwork and discourse in schools.

Sessions are tailored to participants’ needs and typically designed to support other ongoing school or district initiatives, such as implementation of professional learning communities and teacher data teams.

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