Supporting High-Quality State Assessments

Tests are one important tool state and education leaders, teachers and parents rely on to help schools ensure students are on track for learning what they need for success. Tests signal the knowledge and skills that are deemed most important, show how schools and students are progressing, and help identify where to direct resources so all students get the support they need.

Over the past four years, the High-Quality Assessment Project (HQAP)-an initiative sponsored by several foundations and managed by Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors-provided resources to policymakers and advocates around the country to support them in making the transition to higher-quality state tests. With HQAP resources, these state and national leaders engaged in reviews of state test quality, developed materials for better engaging parents and teachers and commissioned research into public opinion about the importance of testing.

Education First has collected these materials and resources into a new resource hub located at

There, you can browse resources for parents, a summary of the current assessment landscape, research and policy briefs on high quality assessments, and tools to judge the quality of assessments.