The School Administrator

December 1998Value-Added AssessmentGauging school standing on the basis of student progress

Features

  • Confronting the Barriers to Effective Assessment

    by RICHARD J. STIGGINS


    An assessment expert discusses how naïve assumptions, a nostalgic view of testing and a collective fear contribute to a poor state of assessment literacy. Also: Additional resources. Richard J. Stiggins is founder and president of the Assessment Training Institute, Portland, Ore.

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  • Rethinking Tests and Performance Tasks

    by ROBERT J. MARZANO


    The author, a fellow at the Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory, Aurora, Colo., challenges educators to understand the relationship between performance standards and assessment.

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  • What's Wrong With Teaching for the Test?

    by JACK KAUFHOLD


    A former superintendent presents his case for why educators in their quest to show better performance may be harming students in the long term. Jack Kaufhold is a professor of educational psychology at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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  • The State of Performance Assessments

    by JOAN L. HERMAN


    The associate director of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences, Los Angeles, Calif., explores the burdens and costs of performance assessments and their value to standards-based reform. Also: What constitutes quality assessment and additional resources.

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  • Value-Added Assessment

    by WILLIAM L. SANDERS


    A University of Tennessee professor discusses his controversial method for measuring the effects of the system, school and teacher on the rate of student academic progress. Also: Additional resources. William Sanders is also the director of the Value-Added Research and Assessment Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.

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  • How We're Using Value-Added Assessment

    by SAMUEL E. BRATTON JR.


    The Knox County, Tenn., district charts the effects of instructional staff on student outcomes using a value-added approach. Also: Responding to the critics. Samuel E. Bratton Jr. is coordinator of research and evaluation for the Knox County Schools, Knoxville, Tenn.

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  • Turbo-Charging Professional Development

    by MARK A. EDWARDS


    Investing in employee growth is yielding a positive return for the Henrico County, Va., school system. Mark Edwards is superintendent of the Henrico County Public Schools, Richmond, Va.

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Profile

    Thomas A Brown by JAY P. GOLDMAN


    Superintendent, South Colonie, N.Y.


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    Departments

    Focus

    Support Roles of Superintendents in School-Based Change by ELIZABETH ENNIS and FRED H. WOOD



    Superintendent, Township High School District 214, Arlington Heights, Ill., and Fred H. Wood, professor of educational leadership, University of Oklahoma

     

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    Guest Column

    Exciting Options for My Post-Retirement by RANDALL A. ZITTERKOPF



    Superintendent, Huron Public Schools, Huron, S.D.

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    Federal Dateline

    The 105th Congress in the Rear View Mirror by BRUCE HUNTER



    Director of public policy, AASA

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    Guest Column

    Nebuchadnezzar in the Land of School Administration by ELAINE L. WILMORE



    Director of school administration programs, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

     

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    President's Corner

    Expanding Your Vision Through Technology by DANIEL A. DOMENECH



    President, AASA

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