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A Vision for the Role of New Assessments in Standards-Based Reform


by Roy Romer & Joy Fitzgerald — 1996

The first step in becoming "a nation of learners" is to begin nothing short of a revolution in our expectations for students and for our schools. Equity and the nation's changing demographics demand that these higher expectations be held for all students, particularly those who are presently underserved. The" engine of this revolution is the recognition that achievement is as much a function of expectation and effort as it is of ability. A major goal of these higher expectations is to create public demand—informed, sustained, and significant—for systemic reform in our schools. But national and local polls consistently reflect that the most significant barrier to real change is the public's satisfaction with what is being accomplished in their local schools. The only way we can build the requisite public demand for change is to help people realize how far we are falling short of the performance levels needed to secure our future.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 95, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 97 Number 5, 1996, p. 234-238
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18797, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 3:44:52 AM

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  • Roy Romer
    State of Colorado
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    ROY ROMER is the governor of Colorado.
  • Joy Fitzgerald
    State of Colorado
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    JOY FITZGERALD is in the Office of the Governor of Colorado.
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