The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Education Program initiated a new strategic initiative in 2010 that focuses on students' mastery of core academic content and their development of deeper learning skills (i.e., critical-thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and learn-how-to-learn skills). The Foundation would like to track the extent to which U.S. students are assessed in a way that emphasizes deeper learning skills during its 2010–2017 Deeper Learning Initiative. This report presents the results of a project to estimate the percentage of U.S. elementary and secondary students being assessed on deeper learning skills through statewide mathematics and English language arts achievement tests at the beginning of the Deeper Learning Initiative.
Table of Contents
Identifying Tests for Analysis
Choosing a Framework to Analyze the Cognitive Rigor of State Tests
Examining the Rigor of State Achievement Tests in Targeted States
Estimating the Percentage of U.S. Elementary and Secondary Students Assessed on Deeper Learning Through State Achievement Tests
Exemplary Test Items at Each DOK Level
Percentage of Released State Test Items Rated at Each DOK Level, by Subject, State, and Grade Level