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District Leadership in the New Era of Assessment

Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner, Mathew Frizzell, Nancy Kober, and Maria Ferguson
Published: February 15, 2017

This report, based on a spring 2016 survey of a nationally representative sample of school district leaders in 42 Common Core-adopting states, explores issues related to assessment.  The report highlights district officials’ experiences with administering state Common Core-aligned assessments, how the student achievement data from those exams is used, views on the amount of time that students are tested, and the extent to which students opted out of the 2015 state exams.

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Figure 1. Estimated time spent by the average student in school year 2014-15 on test preparation for spring 2015 CCSS assessments (JPG format, 106 KB)

Figure 2. District leaders' views about the total amount of testing (JPG format, 95.3 KB)

Figure 3. District leaders' estimates of the share of students opting out of spring 2015 CCSS assessments (JPG format, 85.7 KB)

Figure 4. District leaders' estimates of whether opt-out rates are concentrated in certain grade levels (JPG format, 126 KB)

Figure 5. District leaders' view about whether their opinions arre factored into state and federal education decisions at least most of the time (JPG format, 88.4 KB)

Table 1. District leaders' views on new CCSS assessments compared with previous state assessments (JPG format, 124 KB)

Table 2. District leaders' views about the impact of their state's CCSS assessments on instruction (JPG format, 92.5 KB)

Table 3. District leaders' views of the helpfulness of information from their state's CCSS assessments (JPG format, 120 KB)

Table 4. District leaders' views on stakeholder support for the Common Core State Standards (JPG format, 123 KB)

Table 5. District leaders' views on stakeholder support for their state's CCSS assessments (JPG format, 117 KB)

Table 6. Activities in school year 2014-15 to prepare students for spring 2015 CCSS assessments (JPG format, 169 KB)

Table 7. change in test-preparation activities in school year 2015-16 compared with 2014-15 (JPG format, 182 KB)

Table 8. Frequency of technological problems in administering spring 2015 CCSS assessments on computers (JPG format, 189 KB)

Table 9. District actions to improve student learning due to spring 2015 CCSS assessment results (JPG format, 150 KB)

Table 10. District change in math and ELA curriculum and instruction due to 2015 CCSS assessment results (JPG format, 212 KB)

Table 11. District leaders' views on which tests to keep, reduce in frequency, or eliminate (JPG format, 116 KB)

Table 12. District actions to reduce or eliminate district-mandated assessments (JPG format, 126 KB)


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