"Assessment for Learning Around the World"

K-12 Testing

FairTest Examiner, December 2008

Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond, a key education advisor to President-elect Barack Obama, has written an important new article on the use of performance assessments in other nations. The article provides detailed, clear examples of many nations with strong educational systems that do not rely on high-stakes testing, require far fewer standardized tests, and support the use of both centralized and local performance assessments.

“Assessment for Learning Around the World: What Would It Mean to Be Internationally Competitive?” is in the December 2008 Phi Delta Kappan; available for a fee at http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/kappan.htm.