High Stakes and Assessment Innovation: A Negative Correlation?

By Sri Ananda, Stanley N. Rabinowitz


“Thus far, there has been an inverse correlation between innovation and accountability in statewide assessment systems: the higher the stakes attached to assessment results, the more conservative the assessment methodology ultimately used.”

This research report examines the impact of high stakes accountability systems on assessment innovation, particularly as the use of high stakes has affected the introduction of performance-based assessments.

Included are two case studies of state programs (Kentucky and California) whose experiences illustrate the increasing and often overwhelming demands for accountability throughout the education system and the inadequacy of existing assessment delivery infrastruture and methodology to readily accommodate innovation.

The report includes a series of “lessons learned” that may be helpful to states now revisiting their assessment systems.

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Copyright: 2001
Format: PDF
Pages: 13
Publisher: WestEd