Reform at a Crossroads: A Call for Balanced Systems of Assessment and Accountability
Written by a broad number of state and national experts in accountability, standards, and assessment, this publication addresses the following questions.
How do we create assessment and accountability systems that reflect what we really want students to know and be able to do, and that incorporate the latest research about teaching and learning?
How can we rethink the core standards in terms of how they contribute to students’ abilities to be successful?
What can we learn from high-performing nations about the design of coherent assessment systems?
How should we redesign our assessment systems and what are the implications of these changes for each level of the system (state, district, school, and classroom)?
What are the implications of these new assessments for helping teachers develop highly effective instructional practices (which involve calibration and differentiation of teaching in response to the level of individual students’ learning)?
What are the implications for teacher and administrator development programs in higher education?
What are the accountability issues that must be addressed as the purposes and expectations for Pre-K-16 systems evolve?