Area of Work

Standards, Assessment, & Accountability

WestEd helps clients develop comprehensive standards and standards-based assessment and accountability systems. Our work impacts students of all ages and learning paths, including early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and career technical education..

We partner with clients nationwide, providing policy guidance and assessment design services responsive to local contexts. We create customized, research-based solutions that fairly and validly gauge student performance, and we provide guidance for educators and policymakers on making the best use of results.

Analysis of NAEP/NIES for American Indian and Alaska Native Students

The goal of this study was to identify malleable factors that, if changed, could improve teachers' practices in order to improve American Indian and Alaska Native student achievement in mathematics.

Cultural Validity in Assessment Project

This project contributed to attaining equitable testing in science and mathematics for linguistic and culturally non-dominant students.

District-Determined Measures for Massachusetts Educator Impact Ratings

Massachusetts educators embraced the opportunity to support teacher evaluation by using customized district-determined measures in traditionally non-tested grades and subjects.

Framework and Specifications for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in Technological Literacy

WestEd developed the Framework and Assessment and Item Specifications for the 2014 NAEP in Technology and Engineering Literacy, the first assessment of its kind under NAEP.

Quantum Chemistry Tutors

The findings from this study contributed to a better understanding of the general effects of the use of intelligent tutoring software on student learning.

Rhode Island Formative Assessment Project: Linking Learning and Assessment

WestEd led the development of formative assessment content for the Rhode Island Department of Education's statewide course in formative assessment, Linking Assessment and Learning.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

WestEd served as the Project Management Partner for the multistate Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium — the first collaboration of its kind.