ERIC Number: ED500443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Moving North Carolina Forward: High Standards "and" High Graduation Rates. A Framework for Next-Generation Assessment and Accountability Indicators
A policy analysis conducted jointly by Achieve, Inc. and Jobs for the Future, outlined in this report, suggest ways that North Carolina can create a more coherent, intentional, and aligned assessment and accountability system to improve both achievement and graduation rates for struggling and out-of-school students. The report includes a preliminary framework for next generation high school accountability indicators that recognize and reward schools that help all students graduate on time with a college and career-ready diploma. This report to the North Carolina State Board of Education and Blue Ribbon Commission on Testing and Accountability makes six recommendations: (1) Rounding out the end-of-course assessment system with upper-level tests for core subjects in the Future-Ready Core Course of Study; (2) Strengthening the quality of the end-of-course tests to assess a broader range of skills more deeply and provide leadership for improved diagnostic testing at the local level; (3) Making every end-of-course exam count for students, but considering multiple kinds of stakes; (4) Making graduation rates and readiness for college and careers central to high school accountability; (5) Rewarding schools for helping students earn "career-ready" industry-recognized credentials and college credit; and (6) Investing in data systems to make all of this possible.
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Policy Analysis, Rewards, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Research Reports, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Statewide Planning, Educational Improvement, Change Strategies, Academic Standards, State Standards, Achievement Tests, Student Evaluation
Achieve, Inc. 1775 Eye Street NW Suite 410, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-419-1540; Fax: 202-828-0911; Web site: http://www.achieve.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc., Washington, DC.; Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina