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Improving America's Schools:
A Newsletter on Issues in School Reform

Funded and Distributed by the U.S. Department of Education

Spring 1996

This is the one in a series of newsletters intended to help school, district, and state leaders explore key topics in educational reform. Each issue will focus on a critical reform element, will describe current thinking and activities, and will offer sources of additional information. The newsletters will share ideas with educators and parents nationwide on how sates and school districts are reforming education and how federal programs and initiatives can help.

This issue of Improving America's Schools provides an overview of the issues affecting state student assessment systems. The issue describes: (1) challenges to creating new assessments to reflect state content and student performance standards; (2) assessment requirements under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1994; (3) the alternatives to traditional forms of assessment; and (4) what the research literature says about student assessment.

What's Inside:

Guest Editor:
Eva Baker, Co-director
Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing

Contributing Editors:
Leslie Anderson, Leila Fiester, Miriam Gonzales, Katrina Laguarda, Ellen Pechman, Michael Rubenstein

--Policy Studies Associates

The views expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Education and no official endorsement by the Department should be inferred.


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