State Assessment Systems:

State Assessment Systems:

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Educators and policy makers in the United States have relied on tests to measure educational progress for more than 150 years, and have used the results for many purposes. They have tried minimum competency testing; portfolios; multiple-choice items, brief and extended constructed-response items; and more. They have contended with concerns about student privacy, test content, and equity--and they have responded to calls for tests to answer many kinds of questions about public education and literacy, international comparisons, accountability, and even property values. State assessment data have been cited as evidence for claims about many achievements of public education, and the tests have also been blamed for significant failings. States are now considering whether to adopt the qcommon coreq academic standards, and are also competing for federal dollars from the Department of Education's Race to the Top initiative. Both of these activities are intended to help make educational standards clearer and more concise and to set higher standards for students. As standards come under new scrutiny, so, too, do the assessments that measure their results. This book summarizes two workshops convened to collect information and perspectives on assessment in order to help state officials and others as they review current assessment practices and consider improvements.The standards focused on broad themes and conceptual understanding, and it ... The assessment burden was greata€”for example, 9 hours over 5 days for 3rd graders. ... student scores were the most prominent complaints, and the passage of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in 2002 made the latter concern urgent.

Title:State Assessment Systems:
Author:Committee on Best Practices for State Assessment Systems: Improving Assessment While Revisiting Standards, Board on Testing and Assessment, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2010-12-02


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