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ERIC Number: ED537416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Assessment to Make "Dramatic Advance;" Coherency, Comprehensiveness Key
Armistead, Lew
Education Partnerships, Inc.
Assessment in America's high schools is about to undergo its most dramatic advance in decades, according to a policy brief released in February by the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE), a Washington, DC, based organization devoted to promoting high school transformation. "There is widespread concern that the most prominent assessments currently being used in the United States are inadequate and may have a significantly negative impact on student learning," wrote Robert Rothman, an AEE senior fellow, in the report, "Principles for a Comprehensive Assessment System." The brief calls for a new comprehensive-coherent assessment system in which curriculum, instruction and assessment are intertwined. This system should be organized around four principles, according to the brief: (1) Coherence; (2) Comprehensiveness; (3) Accuracy and Credibility; and (4) Fairness. The brief calls upon the federal government to take several steps to help ensure development of assessment systems that support student learning. [For "Principles for a Comprehensive Assessment System," see ED510797.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)