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Welcome colleagues,

Over the last four years, hundreds of educators have joined together with CCE to explore new avenues for measuring what students know and can do. The recent passing of the  Every Student Succeeds Act  has called for less standardized testing in schools - and has empowered teachers and leaders to make decisions to ensure every student receives a high-quality education. Our annual
Quality Performance Assessment (QPA) Summer Institute is a powerful opportunity for educators to expand their assessment literacy and build the capacity to implement  performance tasks  in the classroom. Our Fifth Annual QPA Summer Institute will be held on July 18-21, 2016 in Boston, MA. We're holding an online info session on March 2 for folks interested in learning more. We hope to see many friends and colleagues this summer!
Dan French
Executive Director
Partner Spotlight
The Year of Demonstration
The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) has declared 2016 to be The Year of Demonstration . CCE has been a long-time member and supporter of CES, whose work has inspired countless next-generation education initiatives over the past two decades. CES is embracing a broad view of the term "demonstration," using the year to draw attention to school, teacher, and student stories of CES's Common Principles  that drive "important and enduring improvements in public education."
At CCE, our work this year spotlights the importance of Demonstration of Mastery, one of the Common Principles, creating new ways for students to show what they learned in school by demonstrating competency at each level, not just giving an average grade. This concept is foundational to our Quality Performance Assessment program and our soon-to-be launched Massachusetts Personalized Learning Network. Congratulations to the Coalition of Essential Schools and three cheers for Demonstration!
Thought Leadership
Results of Teacher Customization Study
Joshua Littenberg-Tobias, CCE's Research, Evaluation, and Policy Associate, co-wrote the recently released article, To customize or not to customize? Exploring science teacher customization in an online lesson portal. Published in the  Journal of Research in Science Teaching , the article and its findings add some nuance to  the debate over the effectiveness of  teacher  customization. The authors found that, on average,  teachers who customized science lesson  had  greater  gains in student  knowledge than  teachers  who used the standard lessons,  but there were differences in  outcomes depending on the teachers and their approach.
To receive a complimentary PDF version of the article, please email Joshua at
Upcoming Event
QPA Summer Institute Online Info Session
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM EST

This 45-minute online info session is a wonderful opportunity for interested educators to learn more about CCE's Quality Performance Assessment program and our upcoming Summer Institute, being held on July 18-21, 2016 in Boston, MA. We will provide an overview of the institute and what you can expect to experience and learn during the four-day conference. There will be a Q&A portion at the end of the info session where you will be able to submit questions to be answered live.
In the News
Cedrick Argueta, a senior at Lincoln High School in East Los Angeles, earned a perfect score on the AP Calculus exam. He is just 1 of 12 in the world achieve this academic feat! Cedrick's math instructor, Anthony Yom, is a long-time teacher mentor in CCE's partner program, Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency (LAUTR) .  To read more about Cedrick, Anthony, and their amazing student-teacher relationship, check out this Los Angeles Times article
February 2016
In This Issue

"If you don't have the
mechanism for assessing student achievement
in the standards, then putting the standards in place is, at best, a symbolic act."

Lou Deloreto, Principal, E.O. Smith High School, Storrs, CT 

"This study suggests that teacher customization can improve student learning, but it requires certain skills and experience to do it effectively."
Joshua Littenberg-Tobias, Research, Evaluation, and Policy Associate, CCE

What exactly is a performance task? Check out this easy reference easy reference guide!