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Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. MAPPING THE BIG PICTURE: INTEGRATING CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT K-12. Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, 1998. Jacobs explores the notion of developmentally appropriate assessment, and the "spiral of skills."


Ravitch, Diane. LEFT BACK: A CENTURY OF FAILED SCHOOL REFORMS. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Saphier, Jonathon and Robert Gower. THE SKILLFUL TEACHER: BUILDING YOUR TEACHING SKILLS. Research for Better Teaching, 1997.

Stiggins, Rick. STUDENT-INVOLVED CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT, 3d ed. Merrill, 2001. (Companion workbook, PRACTICE WITH STUDENT-INVOLVED CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT by JudyArter and Kathy Busick, available at the Assessment Training Institute
Ravitch, Diane. THE TROUBLED CRUSADE: AMERICAN EDUCATION, 1945-1980. New York: Basic Books, 1985.

Weber, Ellen. STUDENT ASSESSMENT THAT WORKS. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1999.

Wiggins, Grant and Jay McTighe. UNDERSTANDING BY DESIGN. Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, 1998.


A collection of articles and online resources related to assessment.

Bozzone, Meg. "Assessment Guru Grant Wiggins on Measuring Student Progress." SCHOLASTIC, Inc.
Interview with Grant Wiggins, president of the nonprofit Center on Learning Assessment and School Structure (CLASS).

Cohen, Lynn. "The Power of Portfolios." EARLY CHILDHOOD TODAY (Feb 1999).

"National Standards" EDUCATION WEEK ONLINE.
A collection of articles and online resources related to standards.

"Testing Our Children." FAIR TEST EXAMINER (Spring 2000).
A report card on state assessment systems.

"The Value of Formative Assessment." FAIR TEST EXAMINER (Winter 1999).
Article on a hot topic in assessment, so-called formative assessment, in which "teachers feed information back to students in ways that enable the student to learn better, or when students engage in a similar, self- reflective process."

Winking, Deborah. "Critical Issue: Ensuring Equity with Alternative Assessments." North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (1997).

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Curriculum Designers Inc.
Curriculum Designers Inc. is a consulting company led by Heidi Hayes Jacobs, the content expert of the Assessment, Evaluation, and Curriculum Redesign workshop. Their services include staff development, keynote addresses, curriculum reviews, publications, district planning, and corporate consultations.

State Testing Resources

Access Excellence
A collection of science assessment links.

Achieve, Inc.
This is a site containing a searchable database for comparing state standards in different academic areas. Achieve, Inc. is a nonprofit organization formed in 1996 by governors and corporate CEOs who shared a belief that "high academic standards, demanding tests to measure those standards, and accountability for performance can push our schools and students to much higher achievement." The organization has created a Web-based tool to help states coordinate their efforts in the area of standards and assessment.

American Association of School Administrators Assessment/Standards
This site has links to AASA articles and reports related to assessment and standards.

Buros Institute of Mental Measurements
This provides a sense of the scale and scope of standardized tests. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Oscar K. Buros Library is a specialized reference library containing publications of The Buros Institute, as well as copies of measurement instruments reviewed in past editions of the Mental Measurements Yearbook. The Institute's database of standardized test reviews is sensibly divided into subjects and topics. The Buros Institute provides several ways of accessing their information: on CD-ROM, in print, and by fax.

Developing Educational Standards
A collection of sites dealing with standards and curriculum frameworks from around the nation.

Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation describes many standardized tests that independent schools or local school districts use to assess their students' performance. ERICAE's bibliographic database, based at the University of Maryland, Department of Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation, is one of 16 subject-oriented clearinghouses operated by the United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement. ERICAE provides "balanced information concerning educational assessment, evaluation and research methodology, and resources to encourage the responsible use of educational data." In addition to providing an efficient "test locator" window into the Center's database (developed in collaboration with The Buros Institute, above), the ERICAE Web site provides topical notice of conferences, new publications, and regional and state developments related to assessment.

Educational Testing Service
Educational Testing Service is an educational measurement institution.

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse: State Frameworks
A group of documents related to state standards.

Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)
This organization, along with Achieve, Inc., has dedicated time and effort to compiling archives and designing tools to manage the information contained in the many state-generated standards/assessment publications. McREL is a non-profit organization that conducts research and development with the intent of producing products to improve education. Through their products and services, they attempt to promote best instructional practices in the K-12 classroom. McREL's standards database may help you sort through assessment measures for your state.

Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)
McREL's direct link to a searchable database of state standards.

National Assessment Governing Board
This independent, bipartisan group sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) commonly known as the "The Nation's Report Card."

National Center for Education Statistics
This center collects and analyzes data related to education in the United States and other countries.

National Center for Research on Evaluation Standards, and Student Testing
CRESST conducts research on important topics related to K-12 educational testing.

Pro-Ed test publishers

Region III Comprehensive Center at George Washington University

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
Contains the most recent national mathematics standards from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

National Geography Standards
This is a link to the national standards for geography, K-12.

National Science Education Standards
This site lists the national standards for science.

National Technology Standards
This Web site describes standards in technology for teachers and students.

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Active Learning Practice for Schools (ALPS)
ALPS is an electronic community that seeks to connect teachers and school administrators with educational researchers, professors, and curriculum designers at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and Project Zero. Of particular interest is the Teaching for Understanding section at http://learnweb.harvard.edu/alps/tfu. It contains discussions and examples of assessment for teachers and an online curriculum-design tool.

Assessment Training Institute, Portland, Oregon
Founded by Rick Stiggins, this institute "was built on the belief that each teacher's skill in classroom assessment is essential to the goal of student success. . . . [Its] programs and materials show how assessment can be a tool for motivating students to want to learn."

CAPT Student Objectives
The Connecticut State Department of Education's background information, rationale, descriptive material about the CAPT test, plus an indication of the direction the state is moving with regard to master and proficiency testing.

Coalition of Essential Schools
CES is a growing national network of schools that strives to increase student achievement "by supporting the rethinking of priorities and the redesign of curriculum, instruction, and assessment."

"Curriculum Builder: The Power of Portfolios"
An excerpt from an article by Lynn Cohen in the Febuary 1999 issue of EARLY CHILDHOOD TODAY.

Digital Portfolio Assessment Tool
http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ibmgives/grant/education/ programs/reinventing/assesstool.shtml
IBM has developed a digital portfolio-assessment tool and created partnerships called Reinventing Education with the Boston Public Schools, Memphis City Schools, New York City Public Schools, and the State of Maryland Department of Education that are focused on its use.

Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D.'s Web site on Portfolio Building

"Electronic Portfolios: A New Idea in Assessment"
http://ericir.syr.edu/plweb-cgi/fastweb?getdoc+ericdb+ ericdb+988556+0+wAAA+%28portfolios
A 1995 article by Anna Maria D. Lankes online in the ERIC Digest. (ERIC is the world's largest source of education information, with more than one million abstracts of documents and journal articles on education research and practice.) Lankes identifies several types of portfolios, based on what they are used to assess.

"Exploring High and Improving Reading Achievement in Connecticut"
Download a pdf of the November 1999 issue of THE NEGP MONTHLY, the newsletter of the National Education Goals Panel, which contains Joan Baron's report "Exploring High and Improving Reading Achievement in Connecticut," about Connecticut's progress on reading mastery. The Governor of Connecticut's office responded by issuing a press release that you can read at http://www.state.ct.us/sde/writing.htm.

Gorham High School, Gorham, Maine
Gorham High School works with several school-restructuring organizations such as the Coalition of Essential Schools (Brown University) and the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (Teachers College, Columbia University) to design a more progressive system of accountability in teaching and learning.

Kent School District, Kent, Washington
An important aspect of portfolio assessment is the way it can be used to make the learning of students public. One of many school districts to move portfolio-building activities online, the Kent School District uses its Web site to showcase class portfolios.

The Vermont School Report
The state of Vermont has adopted portfolio assessment statewide. This site has a description of the portfolios' basic features.

Harvard University
This site contains examples of assessment.

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ATLAS Communities: The Schools of the Future Today
The ATLAS initiative to establish school "pathways" is a joint project of several like-minded education-reform organizations. Typically, an ATLAS pathway consists of at least one high school and its feeder elementary and middle schools. Teachers in every grade, from pre-school through grade 12, meet and work together on a regular basis to ensure that curriculum is connected across time and subject area, and to help students understand exactly what is expected of them.

Everett Area School District, Everett, Pennsylvania
Four schools in this district, Whittier Elementary School, North Middle School, Everett Alternative High School, and Everett High School are involved in the ATLAS project of redesigning assessment and evaluation and the restructuring of curriculum based on the principles outlined by ATLAS.

Prince George's County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Another public school district in the ATLAS project.

Broward County Public Schools, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Two schools in this district are involved with the restructuring process: Embassy Creek Elementary and Pioneer Middle School. They are also the first two schools in Florida involved with the ATLAS project.

Page-upState Departments of Education

Alabama http://www.alsde.edu
Alaska http://www.educ.state.ak.us
Arizona http://www.ade.state.az.us/
Arkansas http://arkedu.state.ar.us/
California http://goldmine.cde.ca.gov
Colorado http://www.cde.state.co.us
Connecticut http://www.state.ct.us/sde/
Delaware http://www.udel.edu/dpi/index.html
Florida http://www.firn.edu/doe/index.html
Georgia http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/
Hawaii http://doe.k12.hi.us/
Idaho http://www.sde.state.id.us/
Illinois http://www.isbe.state.il.us
Indiana http://ideanet.doe.state.in.us
Iowa http://www.state.ia.us/educate
Kansas http://www.ksbe.state.ks.us
Kentucky http://www.kde.state.ky.us
Louisiana http://www.doe.state.la.us
Maine http://www.state.me.us/education/homepage.htm
Maryland http://www.msde.state.md.us
Massachusetts http://www.doe.mass.edu/
Michigan http://www.mde.state.mi.us
Minnesota http://www.educ.state.mn.us
Mississippi http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/
Missouri http://services.dese.state.mo.us/index.html
Montana http://www.state.mt.us/usys/k-12.htm
Nebraska http://www.nde.state.ne.us
Nevada http://www.nde.state.nv.us/
New Hampshire http://www.ed.state.nh.us
New Jersey http://www.state.nj.us/education
New Mexico http://www.sde.state.nm.us
New York http://www.nysed.gov
North Carolina http://www.dpi.state.nc.us
North Dakota http://www.dpi.state.nd.us
Ohio http://www.ode.state.oh.us/
Oklahoma http://www.sde.state.ok.us
Oregon http://www.ode.state.or.us
Pennsylvania http://www.pde.psu.edu/
Rhode Island http://www.ridoe.net/
South Carolina http://www.sde.state.sc.us/
South Dakota http://www.state.sd.us/state/executive/deca/
Tennessee http://www.state.tn.us/education
Texas http://www.tea.state.tx.us
Utah http://www.usoe.k12.ut.us
Vermont http://www.state.vt.us/educ
Virginia http://www.pen.k12.va.us/Anthology/VDOE/
Washington http://www.k12.wa.us/
West Virginia http://wvde.state.wv.us/
Wisconsin http://www.state.wi.us/agencies/dpi
Wyoming http://www.k12.wy.us/wdehome.html

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