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Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessments: Creating a grassroots accountability system to leverage state policy change

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Published: 2018-01-29

Author

Dan French

Center for Collaborative Education

Keywords: Achievement; Standards; Accountability; Assessment; Equal Education; Outcomes Measurement; Public Schools; Teacher Education

Abstract

Standardized testing remains the predominant proficiency measure for students and schools, placing teacher and student focus on test-prep and lower order skills while maintaining achievement gaps that penalize underserved students. The Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Assessment seeks to close this gap and change assessment measures on a state level by training teachers to become leaders in implementing student-centered performance assessments and encouraging state legislators to consider alternative, forward-thinking accountability systems.

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Author Biography

Dan French

Center for Collaborative Education

Dan French is Executive Director of the Center for Collaborative Education and leads CCE’s program development, staff hiring and supervision, advocacy and communications with superintendents and district leaders, and educational policy initiatives. He works with the board of directors to lead the strategic development of the organization and has secured grants from over 30 foundations and the U.S. Department of Education. He assisted the Boston Public Schools to expand the Pilot model, launched the New England Small Schools Network, and created the National Turning Points Network. Dan is a member of the Massachusetts Citizens for Public Schools Board of Directors and has authored numerous publications, including Boston’s Pilot Schools: An Alternative to Charter Schools. He is the former Director of Instruction and Curriculum for the Massachusetts Department of Education and special educator at the Charles River Academy. Dan earned an M.Ed. in Urban Education from Antioch University and an Ed.D. in Urban Education from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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Published: 2018-01-29

How to Cite

French, D. (2018). Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessments: Creating a grassroots accountability system to leverage state policy change. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 26, 16. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.26.3442