Report: Meaningful Measurement: The Role of Assessments in Improving High School Education in the Twenty-First Century



REFORM, school improvement, EQUITY, Disproportionality, outcomes, LEADERSHIP, systemic change


STATE:Sytem Infastructure and Organizational Support


Pinkus, L.M.


2009, 7/7/2010


Alliance for Excellent Education


Success in today’s global and entrepreneurial economy increasingly requires some form of postsecondary education or training. Yet too many students—particularly poor and minority students—leave the K–12 system without the knowledge and skills necessary for success after high school. The long-term implications of an inadequate education have social and economic consequences for individuals, the communities in which they live, and the nation as a whole. The challenge ahead is twofold. First, the mission of our public education system must shift from “educate some students and prepare them for the twentieth-century American economy” to “educate all students and prepare them for the twenty-first-century global economy.” The system goals must be radically altered. The second part of the challenge is to fundamentally improve the education system’s performance in delivering this twenty-first-century education to all students. This will require improvements in the delivery of instruction, the allocation of human, financial, and other resources, and efforts to address the nation’s chronically lowest-performing high schools, among other things. Ultimately, the nation demands that the education system not only aspire to higher performance for all students, but that it deliver that result.


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