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Fairbairn, Shelley B.; Fox, Janna – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2009
Substantial growth in the numbers of English language learners (ELLs) in the United States and Canada in recent years has significantly affected the educational systems of both countries. This article focuses on critical issues and concerns related to the assessment of ELLs in U.S. and Canadian schools and emphasizes assessment approaches for test…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Testing, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
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Resnick, Lauren B. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2006
Standards-based education has now reached a stage where it is possible to evaluate its overall effectiveness. Several earlier papers in the special issue of "Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice" on "Test Scores and State Accountability" (Volume 24, Number 4) examined specific state policies and their effects on schools…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Accountability, Educational Policy, Educational History
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Phelps, Richard P. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1997
Data from large-scale international studies for 13 countries indicate that U.S. students are clearly not the most heavily tested students on earth if one compares systemwide tests by their duration. In the United States, tests are much more likely to be of low consequence for the student. (SLD)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education
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Bracey, Gerald W. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
Reviewing evidence from high school completion and dropout rates, college attendance, test scores, and international comparisons leads to the conclusion that U.S. schools do a pretty good job of teaching students who are ready to learn. Given what schools have to contend with, their performance is indeed impressive. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Bound Students, Demography, Dropout Rate