ERIC Number: ED401365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Title I Testing and Assessment. Challenging Standards for Disadvantaged Children. Summary of a Workshop (Washington, DC, April 1, 1995). Board Bulletin.
Kober, Nancy L., Ed.; Feuer, Michael J., Ed.
The Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 substantially revised the Title I program for disadvantaged children. Some of the most far-reaching changes relate to testing and accountability. States will now need to develop their own assessments and ensure that these assessments are aligned with challenging state standards linked to educational reforms for all students. By the year 2000-2001 states must develop or adopt yearly assessments in reading and mathematics that are aligned with their content and performance standards. To help states in this process, the Board on Testing and Assessment held a half-day workshop on Title I testing and assessment. Mary Jean LeTendre, the Title I director of the Department of Education, opened the workshop by listing assessment issues that included transition policies, the assessment of young children, ensuring adequate progress, measurement problems, multiple measures, the special problems of limited-English- speaking students, and the problems of analyzing disaggregated data. Other speakers discussed:(1) the critical issues facing states as they develop assessments; (2) measurement issues at the state level; (3) the perspectives of test publishers; (4) accountability issues; and (5) issues for further consideration. An appendix gives the agenda and lists participants. (Contains seven references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Limited English Speaking, State Programs, Test Construction, Test Use, Urban Schools, Workshops
Board on Testing and Assessment, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20418.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Board on Testing and Assessment.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Improving Americas Schools Act 1994 Title I