Imagine that your locally elected school district board has  commissioned an Assessment Task Force to improve the  overall standardized test scores of the students within the school  district. The sup

Imagine that your locally elected school district board has  commissioned an Assessment Task Force to improve the  overall standardized test scores of the students within the school  district. The superintendent (a role played by your professor) has asked  you, a member of the Assessment Task Force, to research a specific  topic relevant to improving the standardized testing. Your research will  be combined with research from other team members to create a  comprehensive report on the district’s assessment program. The  superintendent will review the parts of your proposal as you develop  each part and provide you feedback. This feedback needs to be  incorporated into subsequent parts of the proposal for presentation. 

Your part of the report needs to include: 

  • A summary of the local school district’s established assessment goals.  
  • A report of the research you have found on your chosen topic. 
  • Proposed recommendations for changes to the district’s K-12 assessment strategy based on your research. 

The superintendent would like to see research on these topics in the final comprehensive report.

Research the assessment strategies and current assessment results  from the school district in which you currently reside or teach. You  will need to find information on the types of assessments used, when  students are assessed, the policy for student accommodations, the test  results for the past few years, and anything that the district is doing  to address improving student scores and achieving state standards.

Use the Internet and Strayer library at,  to research one (1) topic from the list of recommendations  the superintendent provided or your own approved topic. Justify your  topic selection by highlighting its relevance to your chosen district  being able to successfully meet its K-12 assessment goals. Your research  should also focus on locating current issues, applications, assessment  strategies, and tools related to your selected topic. Once you complete  your research, submit this portion of the white paper to  your superintendent for review and feedback. 

Write a five to seven (5-7) page paper in which you: 

  1. Explain your research topic in which you detail its relevance to  meeting one (1) or more K-12 assessment goals in your chosen school  district, focusing on a specific grade level, discipline, or target  student population (gifted students, students with special  needs, traditionally underserved students, etc.). 
  2. Examine at least three (3) key political, legal, and / or current issues related to your chosen topic. 
  3. Describe at least three (3) specific needs of the students in the  school district including students with special learning needs. 
  4. Propose at least three (3) applications your topic has to K-12 assessment in your chosen school district. 
  5. Provide atleast four (4) sources that document detailed information  about your proposed topic. The sources must be written within the last  five (5) years. 

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: 

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides 
  • Citations and references must follow APA format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. 
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the  student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date.  The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required  assignment page length.  

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: 

  • Assess various measures for assessing learners’ progress, including  formal, test-based measures, and informal and observational measures.  
  • Analyze traditional theories of assessment.  
  • Evaluate strategies for using a variety of assessment instruments and the theories behind them.  
  • Utilize a methodology for linking assessment practices to learning objectives. 
  • Evaluate alternate forms of assessment for special populations. 
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in educational assessment. 
  • Write clearly and concisely about educational assessment using proper grammar and mechanics.

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