Assessment, High Stakes, and Alternative Visions: Appropriate Use of the Right Tools to Leverage Improvement

Institution: Simon Fraser University

This brief examines the theoretical basis behind high-stakes accountability, the intended and unintended consequences of such systems, and proposed alternative reform models. It also reviews existing research on all models, although the research is scant for some alternatives. As a caution to research consumers, the brief also details the highly political nature of much related contemporary research.