Will Your Students Be Ready to Take the State Assessment This Year?

The CASE Comprehensive Assessment is a Critical, On-Grade Level Preparatory Tool

The spring of 2020 left many districts with a scarcity of meaningful data about student progress. The summer gave educators a chance to map out their assessment strategy for 2020-21, with a focus on proactively identifying learning gaps while simultaneously teaching grade-level content.

With most districts continuing to balance remote and hybrid instruction, where does this leave us? As states are tentatively planning to give the state assessment in the spring, educators are feeling pressure to ensure that students are mastering grade-level standards—regardless of the ups-and-downs they’ve experienced this year.

Since 2010, the CASE Assessments have been used by academic leaders to evaluate summative assessment readiness and predict student outcomes on state tests. The CASE Assessments mirror each state’s summative assessment, are highly regarded for their rigor, quality and learning standards alignment, and follow the state assessment blueprint. A 2016 study by Hanover Research and a 2020 study by ACS Ventures determined strong correlations between the CASE Assessment results and end-of-course performance.

The CASE Assessments identify what students know—and what they can do—and provide teachers with actionable data to inform instruction. Unlike summative assessments, CASE Assessment results are available within 48 hours and provide teachers with comprehensive, accessible data and reports to make impactful instructional decisions, guide interventions, and personalize the student’s learning experience.

Typically, the CASE Assessments are administered as a series of three benchmarks, addressing the standards taught at a point in time—and usually administered at nine-week intervals. But with spring just around the corner, districts that haven’t yet tried the CASE Benchmark Assessments are signing up to administer just the spring assessment—the CASE Comprehensive Assessment. This is the final assessment in the benchmark series and is designed to assess the full set of state learning standards presented during the school year, with summative-level rigor. The CASE Comprehensive Assessment is used by many districts as a simulated state practice test to help gauge students’ readiness for state testing. The goal is for teachers to use high-quality assessment data in the last months of the school year, to measurably impact student learning through re-teaching and instructional interventions.

Christopher Williams, Sr., Ph.D., is Assistant Superintendent at Ocean Springs School District in Mississippi. Dr. Williams’ observations are typical of other districts using the CASE Benchmarks: “There are not many assessment programs out there that truly meet the content needs of our students. Using the CASE Benchmark Assessments, we have seen in one year a minimum of a 10% increase in the number of students scoring proficient and advanced on the state assessment.” [You can hear more from Dr. Williams and his peers in other states at the upcoming panel discussion Using Assessment Data to Move Learning Forward, 10am ET, December 9, 2020.]

In the 2020-21 school year, the CASE Benchmark Assessments are available in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

For more information and to sign up for the CASE Comprehensive Assessment, contact us.