Designing Assessments for College and Career Readiness: Performance Tasks

How can educators assess students’ college and career readiness, particularly the deep content knowledge and complex skills required with new standards? Performance tasks are one way to assess students’ college and career readiness because they require students to produce authentic work that demonstrates their mastery of specific skills and content.

The College and Career Readiness of U.S. High School Graduates

For more than a decade, Achieve has reported on all 50 states’ policies concerning college and career readiness, such as state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems. However, policies alone do not guarantee that students will graduate prepared for college and careers. This latest report from Achieve looks to examine measures and indicators of college and career readiness from each state, including students’ performance on college and career ready assessments, completion of a rigorous course of study, and earning college credit while in high school.

Using Assessments to Inform 12th-grade Interventions and Accelerations

Although nearly all states and the District of Columbia have adopted college and career readiness assessments for high school students, few are using the tests to: (1) identify students who demonstrate college readiness and provide these students with opportunities to enroll in advanced coursework during their senior year and (2) identify students who are not college ready and provide these students with interventions to put them back on track toward postsecondary matriculation.

How the States Got Their Rates

High school diploma options vary across states with regard to: (1) the number offered, (2) their alignment to college- and career-ready expectations in English language arts/literacy and mathematics course requirements, (3) the types of assessment requirements associated with degree conferral, and (4) whether or how they report student outcomes. Achieve’s analysis provides detailed descriptions of these four characteristics for the 93 diploma options available across all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the class of 2014.

Let's Talk Data: What Common Core Test Results Tell Us About Teaching and Learning

Join LFA for an in-depth conversation about Common Core data.  ASCD Executive Director and CEO Deb Delisle will lead a conversation with district, state and data leaders about what the 2015 CCSS-aligned assessments can tell us and how best to use that data.

  • Aimee Guidera, CEO of the Data Quality Campaign
  • Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Michael Kirst, President, California State Board of Education



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