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Boston, MA, 02108
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ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child in America deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. We pursue our vision of educational equality in America by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that is grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

Assessment strategy

Free download: 9 Steps to refining your assessment strategy with a focus on reducing assessment volume

Free download: 9 Steps to refining your assessment strategy with a focus on reducing assessment volume

ANet’s System Advising team collaborates intensively with districts and CMOs to develop and implement coherent strategies for assessments and instructional-materials. The team adapts its support to the needs and conditions in each system; but you can use the general process outlined in this downloadable PDF guide, with the linked resources, as a starting point if you’d like to tackle this project on your own.


Common assessment challenges solved!

Implementing the lessons ANet has learned from our work in over 1,000 schools, we’ve helped school systems address three major problems:

  • If a system had a volume problem, we reduced the number of tests and increased instructional time by up to 5 days.
  • If a system had a purpose problem, we increased the percentage of instructional assessments from 5% to 100%. 
  • If a system had a quality problem, we reduced the number of low-quality assessments across their system from 100% to 33%.

Coming soon: We’re working on a related, detailed white paper provisionally titled Teaching Comes First: How School District Leaders Can Support Teachers, Save Time, and Serve Students with a New Vision for Assessment. We’ll notify you when it’s ready (we’re aiming for August).

For more information, contact Molly DePasquale, executive director of ANet’s System Advising team, at