ERIC Number: ED408680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
A Policymaker's Guide to Standards-Led Assessment.
Linn, Robert L.; Herman, Joan L.
States across the United States are setting tough new standards, defining what students should know and be able to do. Unlike more traditional assessments, standards-led assessments are more closely linked to curriculum, incorporate preestablished performance goals, and require students to demonstrate a broad range of problem-solving skills. This document summarizes developments in standards-based assessments and discusses the challenges that policymakers and educators face in establishing such systems. The introductory chapter provides an overview of standards-driven assessments and describes the role of assessment in standards-led reform, the ways in which such assessment differs from traditional assessments, and ways to ensure the quality of the assessment systems. Chapter 2 describes the challenges for standards-led assessment systems, which include building state and local consensus, providing strong standards, aligning standards with assessment and instruction, ensuring accurate measures, defining progress, setting the stakes, including all students, estimating costs, addressing legal challenges, building local capacity, and distinguishing assessments. (Contains 45 endnotes.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Performance, State Standards, Student Certification, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.; National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.