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ERIC Number: EJ784015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Helping Hands? Experts Examine Curricular Alignment at Kentridge High School
Ketover, Samantha E.; Rios, Jose M.
American Biology Teacher, v65 n8 p572, 574-576, 578-580, 582 Oct 2003
Education reform is nothing new; however, from the authors' point of view, the tension between assessment and accountability is at an all-time high. Currently, 48 states administer state-mandated tests and 36 states publish annual report cards on school performance. As a nation, Americans are faced with a political and educational situation in which assessment and accountability are colliding. Accountability is a key word in all educational circles and permeates educational debates from the national level down to the individual classroom level. As assessment and accountability in education trickles down from the national to the state level, research that examines this phenomenon continues to grow. One particular high school, Kentridge, experimented with examining assessment and accountability in a different way. Kentridge High School is located within the Kent School District (KSD). In response to current national trends, the KSD has developed its own Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) to further teacher and student pursuit of accountability. Teachers at Kentridge enlist the assistance of experts to determine the strength of alignment among students, outcomes, and assessments. This article presents a study at Kentridge High School where experts examine curricular alignment issues for one biology unit. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Washington Assessment of Student Learning