February 24, 2010
A Glimpse of Obama’s ESEA Assessment Goals
Earlier this week the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) which represents public officials who lead state education departments, released a new report entitled “Performance Counts: Assessment Systems That Support High-Quality Learning.” The paper is intended to add to the conversation about comprehensive systems of student assessment and was written by Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor of education at Stanford University.
Ms. Darling-Hammond was a key education policy advisor to President Obama prior to his election, so it’s not surprising that the release of the report came on the same day that the president announced his plans to re-craft the federal Title I ESEA program at a National Governor’s Association (NGA) meeting into a competitive initiative focused on college and career ready standards. CCSSO and NGA have been working together on state-developed Common Core standards and the president highlighted the need for quality assessments during his address at NGA.