California Performance Assessment Collaborative (CPAC)
March 2017 through June 2018
Project Lead: Jon Snyder
Funder: Learning Policy Institute (LPI)
The California Performance Assessment Collaborative (CPAC) represents educators, policymakers, and researchers who are working to study and advance the use of authentic approaches to assessment, such as presentations, projects, and portfolios, which require students to demonstrate applied knowledge of content and use of 21st century skills.
The collaborative serves as a professional learning community dedicated to the advancement of meaningful assessments for California students. Throughout the school year, CPAC members deepen and refine their performance assessment practices through in-person meetings, site visits, and information sharing. Participants have developed common principles that inform and guide their various approaches to performance assessment.
SCOPE works with the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) to support CPAC by orchestrating learning opportunities for participants around performance assessment practices. The lessons captured and documented will inform educators seeking to implement performance assessments in their schools, districts, and networks. This work will also provide local, state, and federal policymakers with important information and context as they develop next-generation assessment and accountability policies.
CPAC is composed of 34 schools from across the state, as well as representatives from Fresno, Jefferson Union, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pasadena, and San Francisco school districts. Big Picture Learning, Envision Schools, High Tech High, Internationals Network for Public Schools, and New Tech Network are also participating in the collaborative.
For more information about CPAC and for related materials, please visit the Learning Policy Institute’s webpage.