ERIC Number: ED480059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Education Assessment in an Era of Accountability.
Two trends have converged during the past three decades to change the face of public school education in America. First, achievement testing has been greatly expanded in terms of both the quantity of tests available and the number of uses for the information collected from testing. Second, there has been a significant increase in the development of accountability systems for the purpose of fostering educational reform. This chapter discusses these developments in three sections. The first section describes some of the key influences and history behind these trends. The second section examines how the widespread adoption of accountability systems is affecting the types of achievement tests being created, the frequency of their use, and the purposes to which their results are applied. The third section focuses on a number of areas related to these trends that are of particular concern to educators. (Contains 16 references.) (GCP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Measuring Up: Assessment Issues for Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators; see CG 032 608.