ERIC Number: ED473564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Using Standards-Led Policy To Align Assessment and Accountability Systems. PREL Briefing Paper.
The most recent federal effort to produce substantial improvement in student achievement scores, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), requires states and districts to ensure that all students are performing at proficient levels in reading and mathematics by the 2013-2014 school year. NCLB requires that each state and district have a single accountability system for all students. Under NCLB, the thrust for student achievement accountability continues to increase, while policy makers try different strategies to improve student achievement. Two foundational approaches are to use policy to develop a standards-based accountability system and to align curriculum, instruction, and assessment with content standards. In addition, the NCLB requires states and districts to develop systems and strategies that result in all students being proficient or better in locally developed content standards. End-of-year tests alone will not produce the desired achievement gains. Standards-based accountability systems create the framework for holding systems accountable for student achievement, while aligning system components ensures that expectations for student learning are not only taught but tested as well. Implementing both strategies is essential. (Contains 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Regional Educational Lab. Network.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.