Re-writing the Tests: Lessons from the California State Assessment System
by Bill Honig, Francie Alexander & Dennie Palmer Wolf - 1996
In this chapter we explore the consequences that ensued from so broad a mission. First, we turn to the early successes of the program. In particular, we will examine California as a case of a largely coherent approach to redesigning student assessment which involved the development of demanding curriculum frameworks (effectively the precursors to contemporary content standards), professional development, and new approaches to the conduct and reporting of data from the assessments. In a second section of the chapter, we turn to the later difficulties encountered by the program. There we will look at what the case of California, along with similar instances, can teach us about the obstacles, and even the temporary defeat, that such wholesale and new programs often encounter. In a final section we look at what the California case has to teach us about designing assessment systems with the capacity to evolve without collapsing.
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