accountability

Testing Our Children: Introduction

Testing Our Children:

 

A Report Card on State Assessment Systems

 

 

Introduction

 

Students with Disabilities Report Executive Summary: Preliminary Findings March 2004

Executive Summary:
Preliminary Findings March 2004

[ FairTest copied this from another website, failed to capture the title, the file is no longer on the website that is noted at the end of this document.]

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

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

TESTING PLUS

As we enter into a national debate on school improvement and greater public school accountability with a heavy emphasis on testing, educators are concerned that a solitary focus on testing ignores important opportunities to help all students achieve at high levels. Overreliance on testing could have the unintended consequence of hurting more than helping.

Some Criteria for Intelligent Accountability Applied to Accountability in New Zealand

 

Terry Crooks
Educational Assessment Research Unit
University of Otago
Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand
(Terry.Crooks@otago.ac.nz)

Paper presented at the annual conference
of the American Educational Research Association,
Chicago, Illinois, 22 April 2003,
within Session 36.011 - Accountability from an International Perspective.

Some Criteria for Intelligent Accountability

Links on Authentic Assessment and Accountability

  • The Coalition of Essential Schools has a collection of high-quality assessments and ways to use them to achieve equity:
    http://www.ceschangelab.org/cs/clpub/view/cl_cat/29
  • May 2007 is CES "National Exhibtion Month" - for more on it, see
    http://www.essentialschools.org/pub/ces_docs/schools/nem/nem_overview.html
  • Authentic Assessment and Accountability

    Assessment

    Determining how, what and how well a student is learning is an essential part of teaching. While assessment too often is reduced to standardized testing, teachers and researchers have created a wide range of powerful assessment tools and practices that are being used in schools across the nation.

    FairTest has produced numerous publications about authentic performance assessment, including:

    Accountability

    This page contains materials and links that analyze and critique standardized test-driven models of accountability, such as the "No Child Left Behind"Act; and that propose, discuss and evaluate different approaches to accountability.

    Because accountability depends greatly on the proper use of high-quality assessment, you should also visit The Case against High-Stakes Testing and The Case for Authentic Assessment.

    A Learner-Centered School Accountability Model: An Alternative to High Stakes Testing

    Ken Jones

    Testing Plus Real Accountability with Real Results

    As we enter into a national debate on school improvement and greater public school accountability with a heavy emphasis on testing, educators are concerned that a solitary focus on testing ignores important opportunities to help all students achieve at high levels. Overreliance on testing could have the unintended consequence of hurting more than helping.

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