ERIC Number: ED450480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
How To Make the Link between Standards, Assessments, and Real Student Achievement. Getting Better by Design, Volume 5.
Establishing a solid standards-and-assessment system is only the first step toward the ultimate goal of bringing all students to the standards. But without this first step, all others will fall short. The paper explains the essential role of standards and assessments in improving student achievement and offers solutions to challenges districts face in putting standards, and assessments aligned to them, in place. Standards and assessment are central to all eight designs sponsored by New American Schools (NAS). These designs are aimed at significantly enhancing student learning. Standards and assessments define learning and how educators, parents, and members of the public know whether students have mastered what they need to learn. The paper describes resources the NAS Design Teams offer to help schools implement a standards-based system, and it provides guidance on key challenges districts face as they put such systems in place. (Contains 5 references.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Experience, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Factors, Public Schools, Skills, Student Improvement
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annenberg Foundation, St. Davids, PA.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Authoring Institution: New American Schools Development Corp.