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Innovation Lab Network Performance Assessment Project

This project focused on building the capacity of leaders and policymakers in states that were members of the Innovation Lab Network (ILN) to design assessment and accountability systems that result in deeper forms of student learning. With support from the Sandler Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, SCALE worked alongside ILN states (California, Kentucky, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) to support the development, piloting, and implementation of new performance assessments that can be incorporated into accountability systems. All assessments were aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the work of SBAC and PARCC, the two assessment consortia.

In addition to direct support for assessment development, piloting, and implementation, SCALE provided ongoing professional development to build educator and system capacity, and facilitates higher education inclusion in design and policy discussions.

Along with project partners SCOPE (Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education) and EPIC (Educational Policy Improvement Center), SCALE provided continuing support to states as they develop a policy framework for integrating this wider array of assessment strategies into an overall system of assessments. These actions were intended to lead to scale-up and incorporation of the best pilots into comprehensive systems of assessment that ensured that student deeper learning skills are included as important elements of each state’s policy.

Key Deliverables

  • Member-state developed curated bank of prototype tasks in ELA, math, history, and social science for use by participating states 
  • Increased state capacity to implement policies and assessment strategies supporting deeper learning