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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2016
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ALEXANDRIA, VA—ASCD has published a new white paper by renowned assessment expert W. James Popham, “Using Multiple Measures to Redefine Success: Six Steps to Making It Happen.” This guide will serve as a resource to state policymakers, educators, and other local stakeholders during the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which requires states to expand their accountability systems to include a range of academic and nonacademic performance indicators.
When put into practice, multimetric evaluation systems give educators and the public a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of a school’s strengths and challenges, especially as they relate to student performance and teacher effectiveness. In this white paper, Popham describes the key features of a multimetric educational evaluation—including the goals, the criteria used to make evaluations, and the context in which each evaluative strategy is appropriate for use—and provides an illustrative example of how such an approach could be implemented. Popham makes the case that “multimetric educational evaluation improves the likelihood of a defensible evaluation-based decision” and, therefore, should be used whenever possible.
Popham lays out a six-step framework—adaptable based on the local needs and the importance of the particular decision at hand—for implementing a multimetric evaluation strategy, which is applicable to both summative and formative assessment. The six steps explain how to
ESSA, the primary federal law governing K–12 education, is currently being implemented in the states. It requires states to establish the educational goals for all students and the accountability systems to measure progress toward them. As the white paper explains, better judgments are likely to result from evaluation systems that include multiple measures, which leads to a comprehensive education and more effective supports for all students. The ASCD Whole Child approach—which works to ensure that each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged—has long advocated for the use of multiple measures of evaluation to support a well-rounded education and a broader definition of student success.
This white paper is being disseminated to ASCD members, state affiliates, and state education leaders nationwide. It is also available online, as a free download, at www.ascd.org/multiplemeasures. Access ASCD’s full range of ESSA information and resources at www.ascd.org/essa. To learn more about ASCD’s programs, products, services, and memberships, visit www.ascd.org.
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