How Members Are Prioritizing Standards & Assessments in 2018
February 1, 2018

Use the bullets below to jump to a specific section, or visit the 2018 Network Member Priorities Overview.

2018 Outlook

Advocates continue to hold the line on robust learning standards and complementary assessments. While the opt out movement has declined significantly, some policymakers continue to run for election on the promise of repealing the Common Core State Standards. Alabama and Indiana are slated to select new assessments this year. Multiple Network members flagged concerns in both Washington and Tennessee.

Key Takeaways

  • Members appear to be more engaged on standards and assessments this year compared to last year. In 2017, 36 percent of respondents said they were planning to engage, whereas this year, the amount grew to 46 percent.
  • The advocacy community is monitoring how states approach standards and assessments. 26 organizations (44%) said they are watching this issue carefully.
  • Many advocates are either playing defense on their current assessment or helping the state transition to a new assessment, and advocates plan to continue defensive efforts on high quality standards. 

State Snapshot

Twenty-seven PIE Network members in 19 states are planning to engage on this issue in 2018, either as a high priority or on the to-do list.

Member Engagement

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said they were planning to work on similar standards and assessments policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Laura for an introduction.


Seventeen members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • CA EdVoice: Support Maintaining High Standards and Using Assessment Data for Growth Goals
  • CO Colorado Succeeds: Block Efforts to Roll Back State Standards
  • FL Foundation for Florida’s Future: Implement State’s ESSA Plan and Thereby Protect Highly Successful Accountability System
  • GA GeorgiaCAN: Support and Defend State Standards and Assessments Against Efforts to Water Either Down
  • ID Idaho Business For Education: Working to Stop Repeal or Weakening of Idaho’s Core Standards
  • IL Advance Illinois: Strengthen State’s Assessment System and Ensure the Information from Future Assessments is Timely and Usable for Instruction.
  • MA Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: Protecting College and Career Ready Standards
  • MI The Education Trust-Midwest: Prevent Rollback
  • NY Educators for Excellence-New York: Continue to Have Teachers Share Why Tests are Important to Push Back against Opt-Out Movement
  • NY NYCAN: Prevent Relegation to the 4th Division
  • NY The Education Trust-New York: Ensure NYS Maintains Commitment to High Standards as it Rolls Out New Standards
  • OH Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio: Protect Both the Standards and Aligned, High Quality Assessments
  • OR Chalkboard Project: Follow ODE Decisions
  • SC SouthCarolinaCAN: Keep Current Assessment in Place
  • TN Tennessee SCORE: No Backward Movement Takes Place on Assessment
  • TN TennesseeCAN: Defense
  • TX Texas Aspires: Protect State Assessment System
  • WA League of Education Voters: Maintain Rigorous Graduation Requirement
  • WA Partnership for Learning: Maintain State’s Requirement that the High School Assessments Required for Graduation


Thirteen members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • AL A+ Education Partnership: Adoption of New State Assessment System
  • AZ A for Arizona: Working to Allow Local Choice of High Quality Assessments that Align with State Standards as well as Unique School Models
  • CA EdVoice: Support Maintaining High Standards and Using Assessment Data for Growth Goals
  • CA The Education Trust-West: Monitoring Implementation, Highlighting Best Practices
  • DC DFER District of Columbia: Create Enabling Environment to Boost PARCC Scores
  • IL Advance Illinois: Strengthen State’s Assessment and Ensure the Information from Future Assessments is Timely and Usable for Instruction
  • IL Stand for Children Illinois: Adding PSAT (or Similar) and Killing Opt-Out Bills
  • IN Stand for Children Indiana: Monitor New Indiana K-12 Assessments
  • IN Institute for Quality Education: Monitoring the RFP Process for New State Assessment
  • LA DFER Louisiana: Maintain Statewide Assessment Policies, Including Comparability and Current Level of Assessments Given
  • TN Tennessee SCORE: No Backward Movement Takes Place on Assessment
  • TX Texas Aspires: Add Exit Level/College Readiness Metrics into Assessment System
  • WA DFER Washington: Improving System Overall

Expertise on this Issue

Below are members with experience who offered themselves as thought partners on this issue.

  • Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Linda Noonan, Executive Director: Standards and Assessments

Members most frequently listed Achieve, CCSSO, the Collaborative for Student Success, The Education Trust, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and America Succeeds as go-tos for advice and resources on standards and assessments.


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