A Good Long Read on Assessment and Accountability


Although it clocks in at 40+ pages, this is a worthwhile and relatively fast read for anyone in education policy on the future of assessment if we’re serious about college and career readiness. There is a ton to unpack, with a fair amount it agree with and a lot I am quite a bit less sure on.

I think this paper is meant for national and state level policy-makers, and so my major quibble is I think this is much more valuable for a district-level audience. I am less bullish on the state’s role in building comprehensive assessment systems. That’s just my initial reaction.

The accountability section is both less rich and less convincing than the assessment portion. I have long heard cries for so-called reciprocal accountability, but it is still entirely unclear to me what this means and looks like and the implications for current systems.

This entry was tagged as education assessment edpolicy

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A little knowledge is a wonderful (dangerous) thing

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Paul Cuffee Middle School, Addressing Emotional Needs

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Social Promotion, Tutoring, and Funding

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