Darling-Hammond, L. (2010). Performance counts: Assessment systems that support high-quality learning. Washington, DC: Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
This paper describes what student assessment systems could look like if based on current educational research and best practices in educational assessment. Darling-Hammond begins by highlighting the principles that should be associated with student assessment systems and then outlines common elements of effective assessment systems in the U.S. and other countries. The paper also presents responsibilities of the federal government, states, districts, and schools in the proposed assessment system, and describes how a new assessment system might be constructed and developed. Darling-Hammond concludes that any new assessment system must be designed to improve and inform learning, not just measure student progress.
Balanced Assessment System, Data Systems, Infrastructure, Priorities