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Performance Counts: Assessment Systems that Support High Quality Learning

Abstract

"As policymakers and citizens weigh the costs and benefits of new assessment systems, it is critically important to consider their influences on instruction. At the end of the day, the goal of new standards and assessments must be to improve the quality of learning, not just its measurement. And the goal of education must be to improve the ability of students to survive and succeed in a rapidly changing world that requires a deeper knowledge base and greater use of thinking, problem solving, and learning skills than ever before. ...This white paper describes what a student assessment system could look like if built from the principles and best practices found in current educational research and effective educational systems in the U.S. and high-achieving nations around the world."

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