Depth-of-Knowledge Level Definitions

State Alignment Reports

At the end of June 1998, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in cooperation with the National Institute for Science Education (NISE) conducted an alignment institute. Seven reviewers in mathematics and six reviewers in science analyzed the alignment between standards and assessments in mathematics and science from four states. The reviewers were content area experts and included persons not associated with the participating states, as well as curriculum and assessment staff from the participating states. Using coding forms customized for each state's standards and assessment instruments, reviewers coded the objectives for the standard each assessment item/activity was related to. Reviewers could assign an assessment item/activity to more than one objective. The results of the reviewers' codings were aggregated and summary statistics were produced using Excel spread sheet software. Alignment between the standards and tests was reported on four criteria, categorical concurrence, depth-of-knowledge consistency, range-of-knowledge correspondence, and balance of representation.

State Alignment Presentations

Slides presented at CCSSO State Collaborative on Assessment and Students Standards: Technical Issues in Large-Scale Assessment (TILSA) Meeting, Session on Alignment of Assessments and Standards, San Diego, California, January 30-February 1, 2002.


State Alignment Studies

State alignment studies conducted and supported by the Technical Issues of Large-Scale Assessment (TILSA) group of the Council of Chief State School Officers. The alignment institute was held May 21-24, 2001.