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ERIC Number: EJ1118242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
Influencing Public School Policy in the United States: The Role of Large-Scale Assessments
Schmidt, William H.; Burroughs, Nathan A.
Research Papers in Education, v31 n5 p567-577 2016
The authors review the influence of state, national and international large-scale assessments (LSAs) on education policy and research. They distinguish between two main uses of LSAs: as a means for conducting research that informs educational reform and LSAs as a tool for implementing standards and enforcing accountability. The authors discuss the influence of the international TIMSS study on US mathematics standards and the development of the Common Core as an example of LSA's potential for research-based reform. They also examine how the controversy over using assessments to evaluate teacher performance suggests some of the problems with using LSAs as a lever for policy. They conclude by suggesting that the "assessment to inform policy" model may be more promising (and yield greater long-term fruits) than an "assessment as policy" model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
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