ERIC Number: ED414337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun-16
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The Politics of Large Scale Assessment.
Grasmick, Nancy S.
The experience of Maryland in implementing large scale assessment in the context of school reform is explored. The ways in which the state Department of Education has worked with divergent groups to build a continuing and strong school reform program are discussed. In 1987 Maryland's governor created a Commission on School Performance. This was the first time that a major educational reform in the state was not directed by the education community. In carrying out recommendations of this Commission, the Department of Education has faced challenges in the following areas: (1) the changing nature of learning in the information age; (2) changing expectations of the public; (3) increasingly large amounts of state and local money needed to fund education; (4) changes in the student population and increased student diversity; and (5) the national politicalization of education. Support from the state's governor, its Board of Education, the legislature, local school systems, teacher, parents, the community, the Religious Right, and businesses has been crucial to the implementation of reform, including the reform of assessment. The process known as reconstitution makes Maryland schools accountable for test results, and a strong test security program makes students accountable for individual results. Sustaining reforms will require a strong focus on public understanding and support and the involvement of the state legislature and the state's teachers. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland