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Document Number: 3302

Defining, Developing and Using Curriculum Indicators - This report discusses the use of curriculum indicators in school improvement, program evaluation and for informing policy decisions. States can use curriculum indicators to measure the effects of policy decisions on instruction and evaluate the overall accountability system. Indicators are useful for policy analysis because they provide a measure of specific components of a standards-based system and allow the monitoring of progress or change in classroom instruction. New methods of determining alignment among instruction, assessments and standards are also described. (Andrew C. Porter and John L. Smithson, Consortium for Policy Research in Education, December 2001)...

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