Benchmark Essay

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POLICY EVULATION BENCHMARK Policy Evaluation Benchmark EDUC 643 Contemporary Issues in Educational Policy October 13th, 2013 Abstract Your abstract should be one paragraph and should not exceed 120 words. It is a summary of the most important elements of your paper. All numbers in the abstract, except those beginning a sentence, should be typed as digits rather than words. To count the number of words in this paragraph, select the paragraph, and on the Tools menu click Word Count. Policy Evaluation Benchmark In 2001 when No Child Left Behind took effect it sparked the desire to use assessments to measures and to improve student learning. In the beginning these assessments focused on state tests, and found that results were not sufficient to identify students that were not keeping with up with fellow students. No Child Left Behind is a great theory, but in a realistic approach to the problem. We need give our government credit for taking bold steps to try to help our public schools, but need to realize the damages of No Child Left Behind are still being felt. Benchmark assessments are assessment administered periodically throughout the school year, at specified times during a curriculum sequence, to evaluate students’ knowledge and skills relative to an explicit set of longer-term learning goals. The design and choice of benchmark assessments is driven by the purpose, intended users, and uses instruments. Benchmark assessments can inform policy, instructional planning, and decision making at the classroom, school and/or district levels (Benchmark,). There are four different types of benchmark assessments standards based assessment, assessments to inform instruction, multiple assessment of standards mastery, risk assessment, benchmark psychometrics.

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