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Document Number: 1456

High-Stakes Testing Systems MS Word - Why shouldn’t pupils be held accountable for learning what they are purported to have learned during a given school year, or by a certain milestone in their school careers? The proposition, however, is not quite as artless and simple as it may appear. Various "stress points" in the system may cause students, parents and the public to doubt the validity of assessment and accountability systems, and backlash to rise against testing and state and local accountability programs. This issue brief looks at those stress points, some of the reactions to them and at some challenges states are facing. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, March 2000)...
Author: Jennifer Dounay
Publisher: ECS

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