About Us

About Us

The Performance Assessment Project supports states with integrating performance assessments into their systems of assessment, developing the capacity of educators to effectively use performance assessment, and designing policies to support these efforts.

Our Mission

Our goal is to increase the capacity of leaders, policymakers, and school-based educators to develop systems that support more meaningful forms of student learning and prepare students for success in college, career, and life. We believe performance assessment is a powerful educative experience for students and teachers and its effective use can lead to deeper student learning, increased opportunities to learn, and more equitable systems of assessment and accountability.

Who We Are

The Performance Assessment Resource Bank is a project of the Understanding Language and Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (UL-SCALE) and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers' (CCSSO) Innovation Lab Network.  In addition, the project builds on recent complementary efforts to support states in developing accountability systems to support more meaningful learning through the 51st State Working Group. We are grateful for the generous contributions to the Performance Assessment Resource Bank from the friends of the project, including from the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE), the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), Envision Schools, Summit Public Schools, and many others.

The Innovation Lab Network

The Innovation Lab Network (ILN), part of CCSSO, is a group of 12 states taking action to identify, test, and implement student-centered approaches to learning that will transform our public education system. The goal of the ILN is to spur system-level change by scaling locally-led innovation to widespread implementation, both within and across states, with a constant focus on student outcomes. The ILN works to encourage states to operationalize six key principles:

  • Fostering world-class knowledge, skills
  • Student agency
  • Personalized learning
  • Performance-based learning
  • Anytime/anywhere opportunities
  • Providing comprehensive systems of learner support

51st State Working Group

The 51st State Work Group is a collaborative of 11 states committed to developing systems of accountability and support for meaningful learning. The states, many of whom are also ILN member states, work together to advance policies in four complementary areas: 1) multiple measures data dashboards, 2) performance assessment, 3) school quality reviews, and 4) building teacher and leader capacity. Read more about the “51st state” vision for transforming systems of learning and accountability here.

Member States

Current states participating in the ILN and 51st State Working Group include California, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The Performance Assessment Project works with key schools and districts within these states, with backing and support from their state departments of education.

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