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Standards for Assessment Unveiled in English

No, not those standards...while all the attention these days seems to be focused on the development of common standards in language arts and math for 48 states, a pair of subject-matter groups released its own set of academic benchmarks today.

The National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association unveiled Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing. A sequel to a 1994 document, it defines assessment more broadly than some might think—as "a set of practices, which might or might not involve tests," said Peter Johnston, chair of a task force that worked on the standards, in a statement on the release. "Our intent is to provide guidance for those who are making decisions about assessment practices in the language arts—from classroom teachers to superintendents and secretaries of education."

Have a look and tell me if you think the document provides the sort of guidance that schools need.

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