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Standards, Assessments and Accountability

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  1. Program Overview
  2. Standards and Assessments Peer Review
  3. Related Regulations and Guidance
  4. Other Resources
  5. Consolidated State Plans
  6. Related Programs and Initiatives
  7. Assessment Waivers

1. Program Overview
    Raising academic standards for all students and measuring student achievement to hold schools accountable for educational progress are central strategies for promoting educational excellence and equity in our Nation's schools. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) supports State efforts to establish challenging standards, develop aligned assessments, and build accountability systems for districts and schools that are based on educational results. In particular, ESEA includes explicit requirements to ensure that students served by Title I are given the same opportunity to achieve to high standards and are held to the same high expectations as all other students in each State.
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2. Standards and Assessments Peer Review
  • New A State’s Guide to the U.S. Department of Education’s Assessment Peer Review Process (September 24, 2018) download files PDF (736 KB)

  • New Assessment Peer Review Seminar (August 1 and 2, 2018). An assessment peer review seminar was held in Washington, DC on August 1 and 2, 2018. The seminar was focused on the updated guide for State Assessment Peer review, including the peer review of English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments. Panel discussions that involved assessment experts (including many assessment peer reviewers) on a variety of salient topics were held. A complete summary of the seminar materials, including handouts, summary notes, participant list and video of all sessions are available at this link.
  • Memo to States Regarding an Update on the Assessment Peer Review Process for 2018-2019 (October 9, 2018) download files PDF (208 KB)
  • Letter to State Assessment Directors Regarding Assessment Peer Review Information (January 6, 2017) download files PDF (253 KB)

  • Letter to Chief State School Officers Regarding Assessment Peer Review Outcomes (October 6, 2016) download files PDF (163 KB)

  • Letter to Chief State School Officers Regarding Assessing Speaking and Listening (March 2, 2016) download files PDF (286 KB)
    • Template for State Request for Speaking and Listening Waiver (March 2, 2016) download files WORD (30 KB)

  • Call for Experts to Serve as Peer Reviewers
    • Peer submission checklist and conflict of interest formdownload files MS WORD (36 KB)

  • Decision Letters on State Final Assessment Systems Under Title I of ESEA as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act

  • Decision Letters on State Final Assessment Systems Under Title I of ESEA as amended by the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994

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3. Related Regulations and Guidance
Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards Assessment and Accountability for English learners (ELs)
  • Regulations to Implement Statutory Provisions Regarding State, Local Educational Agency (LEA), and School Accountability for the Academic Achievement of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students (September 13, 2006)
  • Guidance on Regulations Regarding Assessment and Accountability for Recently Arrived and Former Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students (May 2007) download files MS WORD (704K)
  • Memo to States Regarding English Language Proficiency Assessments (June 28, 2017) download files PDF (217 KB)

Report Cards
  • State and Local Report Cards, Non-Regulatory Guidance (February 8, 2013)download files PDF
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4. Other Resources
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5. Consolidated State Plans
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6. Related Programs and Initiatives
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7. Assessment Waivers

Waivers granted to States from requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

These are ED responses to State requests for waivers from requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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