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Since 2019, Education First has convened practitioners, researchers and field leaders to develop a framework for advancing equitable design and practice in assessment.
We have been working to document examples of what co-created, holistic and equitable assessments and assessment systems look like in practice to support district practitioners, educators and system leaders.
Organizations in the community of practice have aligned on a set of principles to inform the documentation efforts on this site.
This work has been supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
- Our current assessment systems and structures are designed to produce inequity. But they can be redesigned to promote educational justice
- Young people and the adults who serve them are whole, not broken
- Youth, families, and the community are experts and co-creators of knowledge and must be mutually accountable to one another for supporting human flourishing
If… assessment and accountability systems are co-designed in partnership with and reflect the values, goals and contexts of local communities
And… Our systems of continuous improvement broaden their focus beyond individual student outcomes to holding systems accountable for policies and practices that support student learning and flourishing
Then… community values and assets will be represented in the design and use of high quality, rigorous assessments that impacts all students, especially those historically furthest from opportunity
Which will… improve the learning outcomes of students and increase student, family and community engagement in our education systems.