A Case for Assessment Reform in California Schools
by Jim Hill
College of Education
Program of Educational Administration (Ret.)
Adjunct Faculty, Educational Leadership Doctoral Program
California State University San Bernardino
California is moving into the early stages of a massive shift in assessment to focus more on higher order thinking skills, sometimes called ‘21st century skills,’ that include information processing, analysis, reasoned argument development, and effective communication. Policy makers realize that changing the system of assessment and accountability is key to making this massive shift. The new assessment system, set to include history social science, will include various types of student performance and analysis as well as recall of information testing that dominates assessment currently. This article shows why change in California’s testing system is necessary to move education forward, and looks at some of the ideas that will shape a new approach.
Access the pre-reviewed article at Case for Assessment Reform - OP Fall 2013.pdf