Challenges and Opportunities for Promoting Student Achievement Through Large-Scale Assessment Results: Research, Reflections, and Future Directions

Dawn M. Decker, Sara E. Bolt

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Abstract

The intent of large-scale assessment systems is to promote student achievement toward specific standards by holding schools accountable for the performance of all students. However, it is difficult to know whether large-scale assessment systems are having this intended effect as they are currently implemented. In this article, the authors examine the research on intended and unintended consequences of large-scale assessment and accountability systems, highlight critical issues in using large-scale assessment programs to measure student learning and to inform intervention, and provide guidelines for promoting the intervention validity of large-scale assessments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-51
Number of pages9
JournalAssessment for Effective Intervention
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Keywords

  • large-scale assessment
  • schools
  • standards
  • student achievement

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