ERIC Number: ED399327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Becoming the Best. Standards and Assessment Development in the Great City Schools.
Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.
This research report is a summary of the information the Council of Great City Schools gathered in a survey of members about the development of standards and assessments in 1995. Some 77% (36) of the 47 member districts responded to the survey, which asked about the impetus for standards and assessment development, the areas in which they are being developed, and the uses to which they are being put. Twenty-eight of the responding districts are in the process of developing or adapting content standards, and 13% have completed and implemented such standards. Some 71% indicated that the development of content standards was implemented locally or at the state level. About 69% of the respondents indicated that the content standards they were working on used national or state standards as models or guidelines. Responses of 35 districts indicated that outside organizations, groups, and stakeholders were involved in the standards development process. About 84% of these districts were in the process of changing assessments to align with new standards, and about 30% expect that the new assessment systems will be closely aligned with state assessment systems. Nearly 42% of the responding districts are using performance-based assessments as part of their overall assessment systems, and about 44% believe that they will need technical assistance in developing new assessments. Five appendixes provide supplemental information on standards development at urban, state, and national levels. (Contains 2 tables, 4 figures, and 96 references grouped by topic.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Performance Based Assessment, School Districts, Standard Setting, Standards, State Programs, Surveys, Technical Assistance, Test Construction, Urban Areas, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.