ERIC Number: ED402328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
Reference Count: N/A
Challenges in the Development of State Assessment Programs that Support Educational Reform.
Bond, Linda A.
This paper addresses the educational, technical, legal, and practical challenges states must confront as they consider the content of the assessment, its technical quality, the capacity of educators and the public to use the results of the assessment, the benefits and additional complications of performance testing, and the overall tension betwen the push for uniform standards and local control. The following challenges are explored: (1) different assessment purposes, whether as measuring tool, gatekeeping assessment, part of an indicator system or comprehensive system, or for external testing requirements; (2) technical requirements for quality assessment; (3) improving the capacity of educators and educational stakeholders to use assessment well; (4) the special policy considerations for the use of new testing technologies; and (5) changes in the management of education. As states continue to struggle with the challenge of creating assessment that keeps in step with reform, they are attempting to find a balance between the need for universally accepted standards and the need to allow local educators enough flexibility to meet the needs of their individual students. They also struggle to balance taxpayers' needs for accountability with the need for the state to provide support and technical assistance to schools. (Contains 33 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Indicators, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Development, Stakeholders, Standards, State Programs, Technical Assistance, Test Construction, Test Use, Testing Problems, Testing Programs
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1900 Spring Road, Suite 300, Oak Brook, IL 60521-1480.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.