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ERIC Number: ED358123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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High Stakes Assessment: A Local District Perspective.
Oldham, Ben R.
The Kentucky Education Reform Act legislated by the 1990 General Assembly created a high-stakes school performance accountability system to monitor the progress of implementation. One major component of the accountability system is a schedule of consequences designed to reward those schools making sufficient progress in improving student performance and to sanction schools that maintained current achievement levels or declined. The cognitive and non-cognitive components of the assessment system are described, and the impact is discussed from a local district perspective. The following system components are highlighted: (1) the use of assessment results to make individual decisions about students; (2) the scoring rule applied to student performance; (3) the impact of performance events; (4) teacher workload; (5) differential student achievement growth; and (6) the influence on staff development. Only time will tell if the mandates of the Kentucky Education Reform Act will produce a better educated product of the public schools. Initial activities tend to focus on a quick fix, the greatest impact on performance in the most efficient manner. It is likely that long-term professional development activities will be those that are characterized by what truly makes a difference in the classroom. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990