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Meaningful Measurement: The Role of Assessments in Improving High School Education in the Twenty-First Century

Published: June 2009

Publisher(s): Alliance for Excellent Education

Author(s): Pinkus, L. M., Ed.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

View Report (208 pages; 1.07MB; PDF)

Area of Focus: Accountability

Abstract: The report compiles analyses and policy recommendations on developing common education standards and assessments across states, supporting timely use of data to make informed decisions and to improve teaching and learning, and investing in research to ensure that all high school students are college- or career-ready upon graduation.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

= A successful assessment strategy can help inform systemic improvement efforts at the school, district, and state levels, guiding decisions about professional development, resource allocation, and program effectiveness.

= Federal policymakers should support state-led efforts to develop common standards and assessments that are aligned to college and career readiness and reflect global best practice, accompanied by incentives for states to adopt these standards and assessments.

= Progress made by “No Child Left Behind” should be continued by supporting the timely and transparent communication of all assessment results for use by educators, parents, policymakers, and researchers.

Geographic Focus : National

Subjects/Keyword : Accountability, college prep; lowest-performing schools; college-ready; career-ready; assessment; common standards; timely data

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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