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Case examples of places where equitable assessment practices are being implemented

Authentic partnerships between young people, communities, and educators are critical foundations for better understanding and improving student outcomes, experience and learning conditions in school. Whether you are a student, parent, teacher, administrator, or policymaker, the tools and resources below are intended to help you build those partnerships and co-create assessments connected to what students and communities value.

Culturally Affirming Practices Criteria

Village of Wisdom (VOW) partners with schools to support their assessment of the learning environments they provide to Black learners. Schools report that VOW assessments helped them learn about their strengths and areas for improvement in supporting Black learners; however, there was always the question of how schools could improve their practices.

The Justice-Oriented, Antiracist (JOAR) Approach to Scenario-Based Assessments

The JOAR approach integrates the process of assessment, teaching, and learning by engaging students in co-designing context-based, antiracist math assessments. Students, teachers, and researchers work together to co-design assessment tasks, using real-life scenarios supported by digital media.

Mission-Aligned Stories and Profiles

At The Center for Innovation in Education we facilitate connections, build relationships, and share learning among those who must work in concert to bring about equity-seeking change in education. We often, but not always, orient this work around innovation in assessment and accountability systems as a key lever for systems change.

Project Flourish

Researchers at Yale University work in partnership with school communities nationwide to identify, innovate, and evaluate discrete SEL assessments designed to address needs in SEL implementation and evaluation. These partnerships result in novel and realistic school-based tools with strong evidence of reliability, validity, and measurement equivalence.