Cromey, A. (2000). Using student assessment data: What can we learn from schools? Policy Issues, Issue 6.
Drawing on information from case studies in nine Michigan public schools, the researchers determined that schools can better use student assessment data by limiting assessments to specific purposes, aligning standards with curriculum and instruction, providing professional development, and involving teachers. Successful data use practices and policies also depend on defining the purpose of assessment data in the monitoring process, evaluating assessment convergence or divergence, and the efficacy of local practices. The researchers argue that assessment data can be a valuable tool in promoting educational improvement when it is appropriately defined and used.
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