D.C. has high standards that are aligned with their high-quality assessment.


Since 2010, D.C. has been using the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which are aligned with college and career readiness. It uses the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) assessments in English language arts and mathematics for grades 3-8 and high school. These assessments are high-quality and aligned with the CCSS.


D.C. also conducted focus groups with stakeholders about improving access and accommodations for its annual assessments.


Through PARCC, D.C. offers assessments in Spanish, and it will provide instructions in other languages to support students who speak a language other than English or Spanish. D.C. addresses how students with disabilities who take the alternate assessment will be included in the long-term goal for academic achievement, but D.C. should strengthen its plan by including information on how it will enforce the 1 percent cap on students taking the alternate assessment.


New Jersey


New Jersey received top marks for strong commitments to college- and career-ready standards and high-quality, aligned assessments in math and English Language Arts, as well as assessments in science, social studies, and early grades (K-2) that will help address concerns about curriculum narrowing.


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