Assessment and Accountability

Editor’s Note

Assessment and accountability go hand in hand in the effort to improve academic achievement for all children. These articles investigate emerging trends in assessment (including informative assessment and value-added techniques), probe the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, and raise important questions about high-stakes testing and its impact on student learning.

Formative Assessment and Children’s Rights

Do children in school have rights? According to the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), they do. The CRC stipulates that education is a child’s right and that every child under the age of 18 has the right not to be discriminated against.

The Common Core State Standards

Challenges for assessment

Our nation is currently caught up in an enormous educational challenge: to see whether the vast majority of our states cannot only adopt identical curriculum standards in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) but also devise suitable instructional and assessment systems linked to those standards. Continue

Five Myths About the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards are one of the most significant initiatives in American education in decades. Yet the swiftness with which they were developed and adopted has left educators uncertain about exactly what they are. A number of myths about the standards have emerged. Continue

Assessing the New Common Core Tests

An interview with Joan L. Herman

Joan L. Herman has studied the science of student assessment for more than 30 years. She is the former director and current senior scientist at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the editor of Educational Assessment. Continue

Grade Inflation

What's Really Behind All Those A's?

Why Current Assessments Don't Measure Up

Are High-Stakes Tests Worth the Wager?

Amid reports of test-score gains, researchers ask some tough questions about the consequences for Latino and African American students.

Will New Standards Bring Peace to the Math Wars?

Collateral Damage

Social-justice curricula are jeopardized in high-stakes environments

Putting National Board Certification to the Test

After years of development, this credential for veteran teachers is drawing high praise—and tough questions, too

Six Principles of Effective Accountability

Accountability-based reforms should lead to better teaching and learning-period

Preparing for the Coming Avalanche of Accountability Tests

We can't get rid of high-stakes tests—but we can replace harmful ones with those that support both accountability and instruction

Making the Most of Standardized Test Data

Aligning District Tests and Curricula with State Requirements

Lessons of a "Model" Program

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