The Center for Assessment and Accountability Research and Design (CAARD) is a center in the Achievement and Assessment Institute that began in 2016. CAARD’s primary mission is to improve student assessments in elementary and secondary schools. Staff at CAARD conduct research to improve assessment and accountability systems. They use their findings to directly assist states in designing effective assessment and accountability systems that provide useful feedback to students, educators, and policymakers for purposes of enhancing the success of every child, teacher, and school.

CAARD is also home to the Enhanced Learning Maps project, an effort to refine classroom instruction to be more responsive to individual students’ needs.

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