ERIC Number: ED473938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
The Too Often Neglected Aspects of State Assessment: A State Perspective.
State Education Standard, v1 n2 p12-16 Spr 2000
The increased use of large-scale assessments to measure student achievement and school performance based on defined standards has had a profound impact on state board of education members and other state policymakers. Almost any decision that involves applying standards will, at some point, be unpopular. Everyone seems to be in favor of standards, but support drops off dramatically when the standards are applied. Policymakers must ensure that everyone who should know about the assessment, including the general public, receives information about it. The experience of Indiana illustrates the importance of communication and the usefulness of expert help, such as that provided by a public relations firm. The experience of Indiana also illustrates some of the concerns involved with issues of including all students in assessments and in disaster prevention and recovery procedures if testing errors occur. (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.