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Re: Fw: Question



Actually, the ITBS is not a "state" test in the sense that it is not
mandated by the state. It is voluntary but virtually all districts, maybe
all, take part.

When I was in Iowa last fall, standards were mandated. The districts,
though, get to decide what the standards are and how to assess them.

----- Original Message -----
From: "George Cunningham" <gkc@LOUISVILLE.EDU>
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Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: Question


> Art,
>
> The reason why Iowa is usually not included among states that do SBER is
> that there accountability is local and they do not (or did not) have
> statewide content standards. They do have a state test, the ITBS.
>
> This student is focusing on the use of state consultants working with
> schools that are doing poorly in their SBER scores.
>
> George K. Cunningham
> University of Louisville
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Art Burke" <aburke@VANSD.ORG>
> To: <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 10:13 AM
> Subject: Re: Fw: Question
>
>
> The poster asked how many "high-stakes" tests are given each year. Iowa
> does have a testing program - built not surprisingly around the Iowa Tests
> of Basic Skills.
>
> Is your student looking at the different mechanisms the states use for
> "accountability" purposes, together with state-level responses such as
> technical assistance, staff development, curricular guidance, and so on?
> That would really be interesting. Art
>
> >>> gkc@LOUISVILLE.EDU 02/25 4:30 PM >>>
> Art,
>
> Depends on what you mean by accountability. Most sources say that Iowa is
> the only state that does not do some form of SBER. That is, content and
> performance standards, assessment, and some form of accountability if it
is
> only in the form of school-level report cards.
>
> There is a lot of contradictory statistics on this. I am working with a
> student who is doing a dissertation related to this and she has had a
hard
> time sorting through the different definitions and tables published by
> different organizations on this topic. I don't think there is one
> authoritative source. I wish there were.
>
> George K. Cunningham
> University of Louisville
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Art Burke" <aburke@VANSD.ORG>
> To: <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
> Sent: Monday, February 25, 2002 5:36 PM
> Subject: Re: Fw: Question
>
>
> Koretz has written recently that around half of the states make graduation
> contingent on test scores and around 40 states use test scores for school
> level accountability. The new ESEA will require every-pupil testing in
> grades 3-8 starting in 2005.
>
> Art
>
> >>> khartke@FAIRTEST.ORG 02/25 2:04 PM >>>
> Anyone want to take a crack at this one?????????
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jeff Goelitz" <jgoelitz@heartmath.org>
> To: <khartke@fairtest.org>
> Sent: Monday, February 25, 2002 2:53 PM
> Subject: Question
>
>
> Karen, do you know the following or where I might find this information?
> How many high-stakes tests are administered to K-12 students per year?
>
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