k-12

Performance Assessment Language for ESEA

The following language changes to Title I, Part A, section
1111 of NCLB would encourage more productive assessments:

1. Paragraph (b)(3) ACADEMIC ASSESSMENTS-
Summary of key changes: limit mandated state assessments to three
grade levels in reading/language arts and mathematics; clarify
that assessments shall be standards-based, use multiple measures
including performance assessments, and ensure assessment of higher-order
thinking and learning.

Refocusing Accountability

(note - a print formated pdf of this document can be downloaded via the attachment at the bottom of this page)

Briefing Paper Prepared for Members of
The Congress of The United States

Refocusing Accountability:
Using Local Performance Assessments to Enhance Teaching and Learning
for Higher Order Skills

Testing Our Children: Introduction

Testing Our Children:

 

A Report Card on State Assessment Systems

 

 

Introduction

 

Test Scores Unreliable Means of Assessing School Quality

High-Stakes Test-Based Accountability Policies: Problems and Pitfalls

High-Stakes Test-Based Accountability
Policies: Problems and Pitfalls

Anne Wheelock

In 1993, the Massachusetts Board of Education approved a policy
advisory for circulation to all school districts in Massachusetts.
Entitled "School Account-ability and Indicator Systems: Implications
for Policy Making in Massachusetts," the policy advisory
presented research on accountability policies and standards-based
reform. Among other findings, this policy advisory noted that:

What is the "No Child Left Behind" Law?

What is the "No Child Left Behind" Law?

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a federal law that provides money for extra educational assistance for poor children in return for improvements in their academic progress. NCLB is the most recent version of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

States set educational proficiency level

Under the U. S. constitution, states have the primary responsibility for public education. However, if states want to receive federal NCLB funds, they must agree to the law's requirements to:

A FairTest Position Statement on NCLB

Why “No Child Left Behind”

Will Fail Our Children

A FairTest Position Statement on
NCLB

 
“No Child Left Behind,” the name of the federal
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, describes a worthy goal
for our nation. Tragically, the legislation will exacerbate,
not solve, the real problems that cause many children to be left
behind.

What's Wrong with Graduation and Promotion Tests

"High-stakes" tests are exams used to make important decisions about students, such as graduation or grade promotion. Decades of research shows the key reasons why test scores should never be the determining factor in making major decisions about students:

Students with Disabilities Report Executive Summary: Preliminary Findings March 2004

Executive Summary:
Preliminary Findings March 2004

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This Executive Summary of Preliminary Findings incorporates
the June 2003 Preliminary Findings. All data are for the 2000-2001
school year.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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