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The Assessment Bridge: Positive Ways to Link Tests to Learning, Standards, and Curriculum Improvement


reviewed by Marcy Bullmaster — 2003

coverTitle: The Assessment Bridge: Positive Ways to Link Tests to Learning, Standards, and Curriculum Improvement
Author(s): Pearl G. Solomon
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 0761945946, Pages: 160, Year: 2002
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Even in times of imminent war and economic peril, U.S. public education policy remains front-page, primetime news. Hardly a day passes in the nation without a major story about the sanctions and rewards to schools, educators, and students that are now familiar features of the standards-and-accountability policy landscape.  Public discourse about high-stakes testing is often heated, with impassioned arguments on both sides as to whether such testing will widen or narrow the opportunity for all students to learn to high levels. As her title indicates, The Assessment Bridge: Positive Ways to Link Tests to Learning, Standards, and Curriculum Improvement is Pearl G. Solomon’s effort to contribute a synthesis of action steps to the accountability debate. Accepting what she terms HSSB (high-stakes, standards-based) tests as a current reality with which educators must contend, Solomon presents a “vision of how distally produced tests, generated far from the students they measure, can fit into the overall role of assessment as a guide to instruction…[and] how schools and teachers can build their... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1188-1192
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11107, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 2:28:53 AM

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  • Marcy Bullmaster
    Kaplan K12 Learning Services
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    MARCY BULLMASTER is Executive Director of Curriculum, Kaplan K12 Learning Services. Her professional interests include curriculum design, assessment, teacher education, and teacher professional development.
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