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ERIC Number: EJ705963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-1
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
New Assessment Beliefs for a New School Mission
Stiggins, Rick
Phi Delta Kappan, v86 n1 p22 Sep 2004
In this article, the author offers a new vision of assessment that has the potential of bringing about remarkable gains in student achievement. The time has come to take advantage of the new understanding of the potential of assessment and to fundamentally rethink the relationship between assessment practices and effective schools in the United States. For decades, beginning with districtwide testing in the 1960s and subsequently expanding to statewide, national, and international testing, it has been believed that the path to school improvement is paved with more and better standardized tests. The mistake that has been made at all levels is to believe that once-a-year standardized assessments alone can provide sufficient information and motivation to increase student learning. This article examines the specific reasons why standardized tests are insufficient as the foundation for assessment's role in school improvement efforts. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States