ERIC Number: ED466497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
State Standards and State Assessment Systems: A Guide to Alignment. Series on Standards and Assessments.
La Marca, Paul M.; Redfield, Doris; Winter, Phoebe C.
Alignment of content standards, performance standards, and assessments is crucial. This guide contains information to assist states and districts in aligning their assessment systems to their content and performance standards. It includes a review of current literature, both published and fugitive. The research is woven together with a few basic assumptions, best practice, and practical reality to produce a resource for planning and achieving a comprehensive aligned system of standards and assessments. The guide rests on six general assumptions about the foundations of an aligned system and draws on relevant research in discussing critical aspects of alignment: (1) content match; (2) depth match; (3) emphasis; (4) performance match; (5) accessibility; and (6) reporting. It also discusses alignment in the context of other components of the educational system, including accountability, teacher involvement and professional development, policy development, textbook adoption and use, and K-16 connections. An appendix contains an annotated checklist that states and localities can use to evaluate the degree of alignment of their assessments and standards or to develop an aligned assessment system. (Contains 28 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Performance Factors, Policy Formation, State Programs, State Standards, Testing Programs
Council of Chief State School Officers, Attn: Publications, One Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001 ($10). Tel: 202-336-7016; Fax: 202-408-8072; Web site: http://www.ccsso.org/publications.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.