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ERIC Number: ED497883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Smart Testing: Let's Get It Right. How Assessment-Savvy Have States Become Since NCLB? AFT Policy Brief Number 19
American Federation of Teachers
Smart testing is concerned with what is tested and why, whether the testing instruments are up to the task, and how test results are used. Smart testing provides information in a timely fashion, and uses results to make accurate generalizations drawn from the data. This report is concerned with three smart testing components: (1) strong state content standards; (2) alignment between standards and tests; and (3) transparency of the system. This report finds that most states have made progress in developing clear grade-by-grade standards, but many have not aligned their high-stakes math, reading and science tests with a strong set of content standards, which leads to a distorted picture of how students, schools and teachers are performing. The report also examines how well states have aligned their standards and assessments to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. The report recommends some steps that states can take to strengthen content standards and increase the transparency and alignment of their systems. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001