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Wassl, Frishtah; Wilkin, Christine; Ward, Maggie – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
The International High School at Langley Park (IHSLP) opened during the 2015-2016 school year. By the fourth year of operation, the school will be home to 400 English language learners (ELLs) new to the United States. Working in partnership with the Internationals Network for Public Schools, the school is designed around the "HELLO…
Descriptors: Case Studies, International Schools, High Schools, Educational Development
Marion, Scott F.; Vander Els, Jonathan; Leather, Paul – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
In New Hampshire, a new performance assessment system focuses on reciprocal accountability and shared leadership among teachers and leaders at the school, district, and state levels. This concept of reciprocal accountability, developed by school improvement expert Richard Elmore, is at the core of New Hampshire's Performance Assessment of…
Descriptors: Accountability, Performance Based Assessment, Participative Decision Making, Transformational Leadership
French, Dan; Berry, Barnett – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
Micro-credentials, a new form of personalized professional development for teachers, offer a unique solution to the challenge of training school staff to design and implement performance assessments. In a relatively short period of time, micro-credentials have shown promise in enabling a more personalized, effective method of promoting teacher…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Individualized Instruction, Faculty Development, Training Methods
Tung, Rosann – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
Fueled by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and its focus on standardized testing, the U.S. assessment system has been driven by capitalism rather than educational benefit. Annually, the testing industry, which four companies monopolize, is valued at between $400 and $700 million. The testing industry drives Americans to spend $13.1 billion each…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Student Needs, Student Diversity, Alternative Assessment
Rosa, Ricardo – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
Performance-based assessment is unquestionably superior to the instrumental rationality of high-stakes standardized testing and the audit culture that testing regimes inspire. It is more likely to engender opportunities to witness the un-measureable: vision, imagination, and compassion. Performance assessments must be culturally responsive in…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Culturally Relevant Education, Student Needs, Performance Factors
Robinson, Gareth; Cook, Ann – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
The story of the Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights illustrates the positive impact of using performance assessments rather than relying on the state Regents exams.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Consortia, Academic Standards, Performance Based Assessment
French, Dan – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
As more people question the value of standardized testing, the public appetite for a change in the accountability system grows. A 2016 national survey found that "voters consider standardized tests the least important factor in measuring the performance of students," preferring instead to have a multiple-measures data dashboard of…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Accountability, Standardized Tests, Public Opinion
Chapin, Gary; Gagnon, Laurie; Hammonds, Virgel – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
In an examination of the conditions required for the successful implementation of performance assessment, the authors draw on a range of personal experience and other insights to guide practitioners and policymakers. Building on the authentic assessment work of the Boston Pilot Schools (CCE 2004), in 2008 the Center for Collaborative Education…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Performance Based Assessment, Scaling, Educational Objectives
Gutmann, Laura; Jean, Christina; Hunziker, Joey – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
This article reports from Stanford University's Innovative Assessments Institute on the development of performance assessment at scale, along with implementation recommendations. An accountability system built on the implementation of performance assessments has the potential to foster deeper and more authentic learning for students and more…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Program Implementation, Educational Practices, Educational Research
Kuriacose, Christina – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
In spring 2017, for the third year running, 10th graders at Boston Green Academy (BGA) presented GreenTalks, a showcase of research on food justice issues. The day Christina Kuriacose visited the school, students were presenting the PowerPoints they had put together. All of them included a map plotting out the proximity of their neighborhood or…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 10, Student Attitudes, Performance Based Assessment
Gagnon, Laurie – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
Based on reports created for the 2017 National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, this article explores how educators can take action to build momentum for and implement competency education and performance assessment. As a guide to taking action, the article provides the following: (1) links to the four framing reports from the Summit;…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Competency Based Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Implementation
Lyons, Susan; Evans, Carla – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
This brief summarizes "Comparability in Balanced Assessment Systems for State Accountability," published in "Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice" (Evans & Lyons 2017). The study evaluated comparability claims in local scoring of performance assessments across districts participating in New Hampshire's Performance…
Descriptors: Scoring, Accountability, Performance Based Assessment, Comparative Analysis
Kuriacose, Christina – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
In this brief article, Christina Kuriacose provides four sample performance assessments. Spanning grade levels, these assessments are strong examples of teacher-developed performance assessments from schools within the Center for Collaborative Education's Quality Performance Assessment network. These performance tasks demonstrate the pedagogical…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Teacher Made Tests, Grade 1, Grade 4
Lyons, Susan; Qiu, Yuxi – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
This field report from 2017's National Conference on Student Assessment shares possibilities for flexibility and innovation in assessment and accountability made possible by the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Accountability, Federal Legislation