Assessment refers to the process through which educators and other stakeholders monitor student progress. When used effectively, assessment results inform the interventions that teachers, administrators, policymakers, and other stakeholders can employ to address challenges with student learning. Assessment takes place through high-profile state-administered summative assessments that drive accountability decisions, in the daily interactions between students and teachers in classrooms, and at levels in between that vary in frequency, purpose, and audience.

The California Collaborative on District Reform often explores challenges and opportunities associated with assessment practice, from examining classroom strategies to providing evidence-based feedback and recommendations on state assessment policies and systems. In particular, the Collaborative has highlighted the role that assessment plays in effective instructional practice and as a fundamental component of Common Core State Standards implementation.


July 2015
The California Collaborative’s June 2015 meeting in Whittier Union High School District gave district leaders the opportunity to provide feedback on the first official administration of California’s new Smarter Balanced assessments in English... Read more »
March 2015
As California approaches a new system of academic standards, instruction, and assessment, it enters familiar territory. The use of multiple modes of assessment, tight alignment between assessments and expectations for student learning, and a focus... Read more »


June 18 - 19, 2015
Meeting 28 June 18-19, 2014 Whittier, California The California Collaborative on District Reform convened in Whittier for a two-day meeting, Assessment and Teacher Leadership in the Transition to the Common Core. The Collaborative visited a... Read more »
June 30 - July 01, 2011
Meeting 16 June 30-July 1, 2011 Los Angeles, CA The California Collaborative on District Reform convened for the sixteenth time on June 30 and July 1, 2011 in Los Angeles. The group explored the ways in which assessments can both help educators... Read more »

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September 2015
In response to the highly anticipated results of the first Smarter Balanced administration, State Board of Education President Mike Kirst shares his impressions of the scores in the San Francisco Chronicle. Kirst first emphasizes the importance of... Read more »
January 2015
In an article in the Sacramento Bee, Mike Kirst, president of the State Board of Education, warns that state assessments scores are bound to exhibit an initial dip when the state first administers new Common Core-aligned tests this spring. He... Read more »