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ERIC Number: ED473343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Pages: 13
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The Court: A Tool for School Improvement?
Klein, Jason P.
This paper analyzes the significance of a court's action on educational improvement. During its 2001-02 term, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in and decided the "Owasso Independent School District Number 1-011 v. Falvo" case. This case involved whether it is an acceptable practice for teachers to allow students to grade one another's work in the classroom or whether such practice violated the 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a law that provides for the confidentiality of student records. To build context, the paper presents the history of student assessment, discusses the effect of standards on educational practice and policy, and describes the difference between student grading and student assessment. The "Owasso" case is then examined. The"alternative" decision is also discussed in consideration of how such a decision, which can impact grading/assessment practices, might enlighten future policy decisions. Implications of the "Owasso" decision are discussed, including the fact that peer grading can legally continue because it is not in violation of FERPA. The Supreme Court also maintains its stance in staying out of issues of teaching and learning, so as to maintain the space necessary for school teachers and administrators to accomplish their jobs successfully. (Contains 25 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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