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Strategy Work at policy level to broaden assessment

Summary

This strategy focuses on persuading the system leadership that the current narrow tests are a false economy, holding back progress by narrowing teachers’ focus in a way that undermines learning. If the state standards reflect the NCTM Standards in any substantial way, the tests are also incompatible with the requirements of the NCLB Act, which requires state tests to be aligned with state standards.

The strategy has the potential to increase motivation for standards-based professional development, because it now has an obvious ‘test prep’ pay-off. The "download extended report" gives a full description of this strategy including planning essentials, benefits and implementation pitfalls, and evaluative evidence.

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