Resources & Information

Resources and Information

The resources below are provided to help increase understanding of academic assessments and have been created by state and national organizations.

Success is Trending Series (2018-2019)

The Collaborative for Student Success
The Collaborative for Student Success has analyzed state-level assessment proficiency data to help illustrate how high academic standards and aligned assessments have led to growing student success in several states. Learn more about how success is trending in:

High School Assessment Trends and Data Explorer (2019)


Achieve, an education reform non-profit, compiled information on the current state of high school assessments and the importance of high school expectations. Their data explorer tool allows users to explore each state’s required high school assessment in math, English Language Arts, science, social studies, and career readiness. Achieve also compiled a brief about how high school assessments matter for students and schools, and whether states have enacted policies that show students whether they are prepared for college-level work based on how they did on their academic assessments.

About the State Test

Learning Heroes 

This online resource helps parents better understand their state test and ensure their children succeed. Visit Learning Heroes to learn more about the test administered in your state, what is expected of your child in each grade, where to find practice tests, and more.

Center for Assessments

The Center for Assessment strives to increase student learning through more meaningful educational assessment and accountability practices. With initiatives centered on ESSA compliance, state accountability, innovative assessments, and comparability, the Center is a resource for deep knowledge on assessment policy and implementation.

The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation (CSAI)

CSAI provides state education agencies and Regional Comprehensive Centers with research support, technical assistance, tools, and other resources to help inform decisions about standards, assessments, and accountability. The resources provided by CSAI span state-by-state education system snapshots, national education data, and tips and best-practices for assessments.

Assessments 101: A Policymaker’s Guide to K-12 Assessments (2017)

The Education Commission of the States
The ECS put together a guide to help policymakers better understand the importance of annual assessments. The report seeks to provide state leaders with a brief background of the purpose of assessments, the types of tests, federal laws around testing, and an overview of common terms.

Position Statement on Assessment (2016)

The National Parent Teacher Association
This statement details the National PTA’s stance in support of high-quality end-of-year assessments to provide valuable information to parents, teachers, and school leaders. It also enumerates a series of recommendations for states and school districts for administering and maintaining high-quality aligned assessments.

The Honesty Gap (2015)

Collaborative for Student Success
Achieve and the Collaborative for Student Success consider the question, “If my state did so well on our state assessment, why is our score on the national NAEP assessment so low?” This Honesty Gap has been caused by states misleading the public about whether their students are proficient for their grade level, specifically when compared to other students nationally.

Testing Provides Crucial Information (2015)

National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial in Phi Delta Kappan
President and CEO Morial writes on the important role of statewide annual assessments in ensuring every student receives an equitable education.

Student Testing in America’s Great City Schools: An Inventory and Preliminary Analysis (2015)

Council of the Great City Schools
This report explores and analyzes the findings of research into assessment practices and offers observations on testing in our school systems and insights into how it could be improved. Key findings include the time schools spend testing, correlations between testing and performance, how different grades experience testing, and the types of tests administered.

Why Assessment Is Important: And What Do The Results Tell Us About How Schools Are Serving Black Children? (2015)

Education Trust and Black Alliance for Educational Options
Discussing the importance of assessments and the picture that the results paint for black children in school, this presentation uses data and narratives to illustrate what people can learn from assessments and gives practical applications for using assessment data in life.

Ready to Succeed | Rumbo Al Triunfo (2015)

UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza)
This infographic explains why the use of consistent standards and tests is critical for Latino students in their journey to college and career success.