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Establish data cultures within all schools, involving students, teachers, administrators, and parents in using data to drive continuous improvement Support and encourage educators to participate in professional learning communities committed to high student performances enabled through data informed decision making Adjust the accountability policies to be more prescriptive, based on standardized tests, during times when the education system is building toward wide scale proficiency; and once achieved, shift accountability to the cadre of teachers, while providing the flexibility required for the system to move beyond proficiency into higher levels of learning.
The way forward for nations and states intent on developing and sustaining world-class education systems with high-performing students will depend on the school system’s capacity for adaptability, flexibility, and innovation that leads to world-class performances by students in complex, higher order thinking, reasoning, and problem solving – in the context of academic studies. As such, assessment and accountability will increasingly need to be augmented through technology, evidenced through continuous streams of data through multiple types of assessment, and entrusted to informed, cadres of teachers, accountable to one-another within active professional learning communities.
According to Linda Darling-Hammond (2010), one of the things that differentiates the education systems in these highachieving countries is their focus on assessments that are school-based, used to inform instruction, rather than only relying on externally designed and administered tests that are used to track and report progress.
According to Linda Darling-Hammond, one of the things that differentiates the education systems in these high-achieving countries is their focus on assessments that are school-based used to inform instruction, rather than only relying on externally designed and administered tests that are used to track and report progress. 6 While national and international benchmarking are critical, the way forward to world-class performances by students lies in getting multiple forms of data from technology-enabled, next generation assessments into the hands of informed cadres of teachers who are empowered to work with their students to innovate and personalize higher order learning. Studies show that progress is made when the balance between local and standardized assessment used for accountability is shifted to local assessments by effective teachers who are held accountable through a transparency of teaching within professional learning communities.
Published on Dec 28, 2012