ERIC Number: ED358123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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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)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Decision Making, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests, Performance Based Assessment, Program Implementation, Rewards, School Districts, Staff Development, State Legislation, Student Evaluation, Test Use
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990