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Document Number: 6737

Alternate Assessments Measured Against Grade-level Achievement Standards: The Massachusetts "Competency Portfolio" - States in increasing numbers are looking to verify that students graduating from high school can demonstrate the core competencies acknowledged as important in becoming productive citizens and lifelong learners. Approaches that rely on the use of only one assessment method by which students can meet these high-stakes requirements will inevitably be challenged by the families of students who claim to have these skills and competencies, but cannot demonstrate them effectively on standard tests. This report presents a model of an alternative pathway used by Massachusetts to meet diploma requirements. (Dan Wiener, National Center on Educational Outcomes, January 2006)...

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