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ACTION RESEARCH




Educational Action Research [http://www.triangle.co.uk/ear/index.htm]
Triangle Journals [http://www.triangle.co.uk/], publishers of international, fully-refereed electronic journals, offers this thrice-yearly publication. The Collaborative Action Research Network [http://www.uea.ac.uk/menu/acad_depts/care/carn/welcome.html], an organizational affiliate of this journal, enjoys an international membership of researchers-practitioners.

LISTSERVS FOR ACTION RESEARCH

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ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT/PERFORMANCE BASED ASSESSMENT

Dr. Helen Barrett's Favorite Links on Alternative Assessment & Electronic Portfolios [http://transition.alaska.edu/www/Portfolios/bookmarks.html]
The author is an assistant professor in the School of Education of the University of Alaska (Anchorage) and presents a set of links that emphasizes the injection of technology into the portfolio development process.

Alternative Assessment Essays [gopher://vmsgopher.cua.edu/11gopher_root_eric_ae:[_alt]]
This is a searchable database of 23 reports, recommendations, and ERIC Digests posted by the Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation.

The Portfolio and Its Use: Developmentally Appropriate Assessment of Young Children [http://www.ed.gov/databases/ERIC_Digests/ed351150.html]
Read the full-text of the ERIC Digest.

Performance Assessment Links in Science (PALS) [http://www.tappedin.sri.com/pals/index.html]
PALS is a resource bank of performance tasks for K-12 science education that are consonant with national science education standards and that have been gathered from such sources as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and various states' organizations. The arrangement of the tasks are by major science content areas for grade ranges within the K-12 spectrum. The sponsor is SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning.

Alternative Assessment Database [http://cresst96.cse.ucla.edu/database.htm]
An excellent resource offered by the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) [http://cresst96.cse.ucla.edu/].

Assessment [Collection] [http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/as0cont.htm]
This collection includes Critical Issues overviews and Essays offered by the North Central Regional Education Laboratory (NCREL) [http://www.ncrel.org/], many of which cover the incorporation of alternative/performance based assessment techniques into classroom assessment practices.

Assessment & Accountability Program [http://www.nwrel.org/assessment/] of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL)
This well-organized and highly practical site offers full-text, extensive, online bibliographies, a detailed example of a Six Trait Assessment Model, an Alternative Assessment Toolkit, and an online library organized by targeted audience, subject, and resource format.

The Regional Alliance for Mathematics and Science Education [http://ra.terc.edu/alliance/HubHome.html]
A project of TERC [http://www.terc.edu/], a nonprofit organization committed to the improvement of mathematics and science learning and teaching, the Regional Alliance facilitates reform for mathematics, science, and technology via its partnerships and its reform-related documentation. Readers here may especially wish to see that documentation, available at Alliance Resources [http://ra.terc.edu/alliance/TEMPLATE/alliance_resources/alliance_resources.cfm].

Secondary Mathematics Assessment and Resource Database [http://cq-pan.cqu.edu.au/schools/smad/smad.html]
Over 100 assessment items, of which many are alternative assessments, are available here in WordPerfect 6.0 format and may be downloaded. This site is sponsored by an Australian professional educators development consortium and the Australian Department of Employment, Education, and Training.

StarNET: A Network for Managing Digitized Multimedia Performance Assessment Data [http://www.rrresearch.com/snpaper.htm]
This full-text report by R. Robert Rentz of R&R Research [http://www.rrresearch.com/], a company "Integrating Assessment and Technology", describes the rationale, logistics, necessary hardware, and software components of this networked system for the management of performance assessments.

Designing Performance Assessments: Challenges for the Three-Story Intellect [http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/8658/]
This full-text, online essay by Jo Anne Wang, a high school English teacher, offers a plain- spoken overview for other classroom teachers of rationales and developmental processes for performance based assessment, replete with templates for scoring rubrics and extensive links to supporting documentation.

Subscribe to: Exemplars
Send a message to this commercial source for authentic assessment tasks for Language Arts, Social Studies, Arts,and Mathematics for grades K-8. Exemplars offers a free preview kit, which may be requested via e-mail, as linked above.
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AUTOMATED ESSAY SCORING

Bayesian Essay Scoring sYstem (BETSY) [http://ericae.net/betsy/]
An approach to essay scoring based on the text classification literature, BETSY provides for scoring using two different Bayesian models. You can download a full working copy of the software (it is free for research and classroom use), try a demo, and obtain other resources from this site.

e-Rater [http://www.ets.org/research/erater.html]
The automated essay scoring system conceptualized at ETS by the Natural Language Processing Group and used to validate scores on the GMAT. This site offers a powerpoint presentation and papers on their approach. 

Intelligent Essay Assessor [http://www.knowledge-technologies.com/]
The underlying idea is to identify which of several calibration documents are most similar to the new document. The site offers a demo and several papers on the topic. 

IntelliMetric™ [http://www.intellimetric.com/]
 IntelliMetric™ is the online essay scoring application of Vantage Learning, which claims to be the largest provider internet based assessment for constructed response questions and multiple choice questions. The site offers an on-line demo and information about the company.

Project Essay Grade (PEG)  [http://134.68.49.185/pegdemo/ref.asp]
PEG grades essays predominantly on the basis of writing quality. The site offers a demo and several papers. 

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COLLEGE TESTING PROGRAMS

ACT - Information for Life's Transitions [http://www.act.org/]
Because of the expansion of its scope of interest and activity beyond the American College Testing program, this organization changed its named to reflect that broadened scope. Visit this site for descriptions of ACT's data collection and data analysis products and services related to both educational and career decisionmaking processes.

The College Board [http://www.collegeboard.org]
The College Board is a national membership association of secondary and higher education institutions that aims to facilitate students' successful transition to higher education and which is perhaps best-known as the sponsor of the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT). SAT information offered here includes SAT test dates [http://www.collegeboard.org/html/testdates000.html], test preparation tips, score reporting and interpretation explanations, and recentering news for various audiences (students, parents, counselors, and admissions officers). The 1996 College Bound Seniors Report offers a Profile [http://www.collegeboard.org/press/html/960822a.html] of 1996 college-bound high school seniors, and detailed reports on 1996 SAT performance [http://www.collegeboard.org/press/html/960822b.html] and Advanced Placement performance [http://www.collegeboard.org/press/html/960822c.html].

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COMPUTER ASSISTED TESTING

DEMONSTRATIONS

An On-line, Interactive, Computer Adaptive Testing Mini-Tutorial [http://ericae.net/scripts/cat/catdemo.htm]
Developed by Lawrence M. Rudner for the Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, the objectives of this interactive tutorial are to explain the logic of computer adaptive testing (CAT) and to demonstrate the underlying calculations that occur for various response scenarios. In addition to the CAT interactive tutorial, coverage includes definitions and explanations of pertinent measurement concepts, an Item Response Theory mini-tutorial, discussion of key technical and procedural issues, and a bibliography.

Computer-Based Testing Demo [http://www.ets.org/cbtdemo.html]
Developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) as an instructional tool targeted to test-takers of ETS computer assisted test products, this demo offers general information about test center regulations, testing procedures, and scoring, a few sample test items for selected ETS tests, and, for absolute novices, a computer tutorial which covers introductory CAT test-taking skills from how to use a mouse to how to navigate through the test.

TEST PUBLISHERS/TEST SERVICES

PanTesting - Performance Assessment Network - [http://www.pantesting.com/home.htm] is a web-based system for the distribution, administration, and analysis of professional assessments, tests, and surveys. pan is distinguished by both its wide range of products and its web-based e-testing process, representing a network of over 35 assessment publishers in the world.

Assessment Systems Corporation [http://www.assess.com]
This veteran commercial service has been involved in computerized assessment and measurement since the early 1970's. They offer an extensive on-line catalog of measurement related software and books. Their FastTEST Professional Testing System delivers CATs in a Windows environment.

Educational Testing Service (ETS) [http://www.ets.org]
Unlike the other testing services represented in this category, ETS did not form its identity with the advent of computer assisted testing (CAT); however, ETS performs such extensive research on CAT that its absence here would be missed.
ETS Computer Based Testing files include:

Computer Based Testing [http://www.ets.org/cbt/index.html], with links to ETS-developed standardized tests that are available on computer;
New Approaches for a New Century: The Transition from Paper and Pencil to Computer-Based Testing [http://www.ets.org/cbt/ace.htm], a series of presentations from the American Council on Education Annual Meeting, February 1997; and,
Computer-Based Testing Demo [http://www.ets.org/cbtdemo.html].

Edutest, Inc. [http://www.edutest.com/]
Edutest is an Internet-accessible testing service that offers criterion-referenced tests for elementary school students, based upon the standards for K-12 learning and achievement of the state of Virginia. Despite an impressive list of clients, Edutest could provide no technical documentation pertaining to the tests' validity and reliability to this clearinghouse upon our request.

Logic Extension Resources - LXR [http://www.lxrtest.com]
This commercial service specializes in the creation and delivery of electronic, integrated testing packages, especially appropriate for customized test construction from item banks.

Psych Screen, Inc. - Computerized Psychological Screening Reports [http://wwwpsychscreen.com/]
Specializes in clinical psychological assessment software to support the work of mental health and criminal justice practitioners. Psych Screen is not a test publisher per se; rather, it is a source for tailored combinations of various standardized tests for computerized psychological screening, especially for clinical settings.

Question Mark Computing [http://www.qmark.com]
This British commercial online test construction, delivery, and analysis service offers software and accompanying services to teachers (primary through postsecondary) and trainers for quizzes, tests, surveys, and tutorials for multiple test formats and for multiple electronic environments.

Sylvan Prometric [http://www.sylvanprometric.com/nav.htm]
This subsidiary of Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. [http://www.educate.com/] is an international commercial service that provides computer assisted testing services to organizations that administer tests for academic admissions and for professional certification and licensure.

Virtual Knowledge [http://www.virtent.com/]
This commercial service, which enjoys a formal partnership with Sylvan Learning Systems, offers a line of skills assessments for preschool through grade 9 for use in the classroom or the home.

Virtual Learning Technologies [http://vlearning.com]
This commercial service offers a family of web-based tools for skills assessments and tutorials for a wide variety of educational levels and settings, including home based testing.


See also AUTOMATED ESSAY SCORING

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DEFINITIONS

ERIC Search Wizard [http://ericae.net/scripts/ewiz/]
This searchable, online version of the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors, which was cited by the American National Standards Institute [http://www.ansi.org/] as an exemplary model in its 1993 explication of the Z 39.19 Standard (Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual Thesauri), offers scope notes, or definitions, articulated by the U.S. Department of Education's Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) [http://eric.ed.gov/]. In addition to offering definitions, arrays of related terms are offered to help the searcher to pinpoint the desired concept as presented in ERIC's Thesaurus in order to conduct a maximally fruitful search of the ERIC database.

A Glossary of Measurement Terms [http://ericae.net/edo/ed315430.htm]
This full-text ERIC Digest offers plain-spoken definitions of the basic types of tests and measures and their characteristics.

Glossary of Measurement Terms: Basic Measurement Concepts [http://www.hbem.com/library/glossary.htm]
A more detailed resource from Harcourt Brace Educational Measurement [http://www.hbem.com], with the inclusion of illustrative tables and mathematical formulas as appropriate.

Pedagogical Language Usage Server (PLUS) [http://macweb.soe.umich.edu/plus/]
Also known as the Dictionary of Education PLUS. Via a novel exploitation of optical character resolution (OCR) to capture the verbatim text of researchers' explanations of education-related terminology, coupled with the powerful navigational features of hypertext, Dr. Frederick L. Goodman and his colleague, John Miller, under the sponsorship of the American Educational Research Association, are attempting to offer, for terminology covered in a subset of the foremost scholarly education journals, the "...multiple defining passages...that help inform readers of [a given term's] richness and complexity; [to] allow users to see how people writing in different kinds of journals tend to converge on the meaning of a term." (Introduction to the Dictionary of Education, http://macweb.soe.umich.edu/plus/intro.html)

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DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

EDUCATION DATA

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Compendia:
Education Statistics at a Glance

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the authoritative federal agency for the collection and reporting of education-related statistics. From this gateway to NCES publications, known also as Encyclopedia of Education Publications, our patrons' frequently-asked questions often can be addressed by the Achievement, tests entries of the Subject Area Search of the Encyclopedia.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

NAEP is described by its governing board as,"'The Nation's Report Card,' ...the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various academic subjects." From this site, access results by academic subjects, for which the reports typically indicate state-by-state results for selected sub-groups.

Social Statistics Briefing Room: Education Statistics [http://www.whitehouse.gov/fsbr/education.html]
A service of the White House, the briefing room draws upon various federal studies, including those of the National Center for Education Statistics and the National Science Foundation, to report across educational levels and across disciplines.

See also INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION

GENERAL DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

U.S. Census Bureau [http://www.census.gov]
"The Official Statistics" of the U.S. federal government, with access to indices, access tools, and detailed tables.

Government Information Sharing Project [http://govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/]
This project of the Information Services division of Oregon State University offers an incredibly use-friendly WWW interface for multiple government data reports at all levels (federal, regional, state, county, school districts), replete with detailed step-by-step instructions for successful navigation.

SCHOOLS & SCHOOL DISTRICTS' DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

School District Data Book Homepage (SDDB) [http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/SDDB/introd.htm]
Descriptions of the components, contributors, and products of the SDDB, a comprehensive set of data on children, their households and school environments developed by the MESA Group for the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education.

School District Data Book Profiles [http://govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/sddb-stateis.html]
These state-by-state reports of the National Center for Education Statistics are offered via the user-friendly interface of the Government Information Sharing Project [http://govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/] of Oregon State University. Use the link above to access the homepage of the School District Data Book (SDDB) and descriptive information about related SDDB products from its sponsor, the U.S. Department of Education.

The New York State Basic Educational Data System [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/researchroom/researchroom_education.shtml]
The New York State Archives and Records Administration offers access to the data sets for New York's school districts, and public and private elementary secondary schools with the Basic Educational Data System and Institutional Master File. Contained herein is information about enrollment, staffing, facilities, and individual institution's special education programs for the years 1967-1981.

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DISABILITIES & THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR ASSESSMENT

Testing Students with Disabilities [wwwcsteep.bc.edu/ctestweb/special/special.html]
The Consortium for Equity in Standards and Testing (CTEST) [http://wwwcsteep.bc.edu/ctest] offers an introduction, a bibliography of official documents, and links to pertinent news articles and Web sites in this portion of its Spotlight Issues [http://wwwcsteep.bc.edu/ctestweb/spotlight.html]. Interested readers may wish also to see CTEST's report entitled Standards-Based Reform and Students with Disabilities [http://wwwcsteep.bc.edu/ctestweb/special/dis.html].

ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC/EC) [http://www.cec.sped.org/er-menu.htm]
This clearinghouse of the U.S. Department of Education's Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), a long-term project also of the Council for Exceptional Children [http://www.cec.sped.org/], offers Frequently Asked Questions [http://www.cec.sped.org/ericec/faqs.htm] that provide a well-organized set of bibliographies arranged by disability or instructional approach. In its Directory of Current Projects [http://www.cec.sped.org/ericec/rsrchdir.htm], ERIC/EC offers descriptions of current research projects, including some in special education Assessment [http://www.cec.sped.org/osep/6assessm.htm].

Educational Testing Service (ETS) Office of Disability Policy [http://www.ets.org/disability.html]
Testing accommodations, registration instructions, procedures for the documentation of disabilities (including Recommendations for Consumers), and a directory of organizations for further assistance are covered here for the ETS family of achievement tests.

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) [http://www.coled.umn.edu/NCEO/]
NCEO is a collaborative project of the University of Minnesota, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education that monitors, evaluates, and advises for best practices in large-scale assessments for accountability, with a special focus on the inclusion of students with disabilities in those assessment programs.

LISTSERVS FOR DISABILITIES ISSUES IN EDUCATION

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EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSESSMENT

Here are the full texts of ERIC DIGESTS, replete with bibliographies:
Portfolios and Young Children [http://ericae.net/infoguide/port_yc.txt] - sample ERIC documents citations and abstracts.


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ELEMENTARY SECONDARY EDUCATION

American Educational Research Association (AERA) [http://www.aera.net]
AERA is a professional organization comprised of scholars in all of the social sciences related to educational research. Learn about AERA's Divisions and SIG's (Special Interest Groups) from this homepage.

Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation (ERIC/AE) [http://ericae.net/]
At the ERIC/AE Web and Gopher sites, you will find measurement and evaluation news; full text resources including books, essays (including 31 Assessment Essays [gopher://vmsgopher.cua.edu/11gopher_root_eric_ae%3A%5B_tessay%5D] ), and newsletters on assessment and evaluation; test schedules of major standardized tests; the Test Locator; places to search ERIC databases; descriptions of major testing projects; materials pertaining to Goals 2000 and world class standards; and pointers to other sites containing assessment and evaluation information.

The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University [http://www.wmich.edu/evalctr/]
The Evaluation Center is a research and professional development center for evaluation in education and human services. The Evaluation Center offers such products and services as classic publications and serials for evaluation program models and processes, a Directory of Evaluators, and the Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE) [http://www.wmich.edu/evalctr/create/].

NAEP - National Assessment of Educational Progress [http://nces.ed.gov/NAEP/]
NAEP is described by its governing board as,"'The Nation's Report Card,' ...[which] is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various academic subjects." From this site, access results by nation and state, trends, and listings of assessment cycles and publicly released test items. For an overview of NAEP's federal mandate, design, components, and policy issues, read the U.S. Department of Education's essay National Assessment of Educational Progress [http://www.ed.gov/pubs/ncesprograms/assessment/surveys/naep.html].

National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) [http://www.nagb.org]
NAEP is a congressionally-mandated project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) [see "School Demographic Data" in the "Statistics" section below for more detailed information about NCES], for which the NAGB formulates policy guidelines. NAGB's description reads, "'The Nation's Report Card,' as NAEP is often called, is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various academic subjects."

National Association of Test Directors [http://www.natd.org/]
This professional organization is aligned with NCME, AERA, and the Division of Research and Evaluation for the advancement of sound evaluation practice in elementary secondary education. Here it offers its membership directory, constitution, publications, and sample public school district level assessment policies and regulations.

National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) [http://cresst96.cse.ucla.edu/index.htm]
One of the most prolific and current sources in the field, CRESST offers searchable newsletters and technical reports, a unique and large database of alternative assessments, and descriptions of its available products.

National Study of School Evaluation
[http://ozzy.interaccess.com/nsse/index.html]
To support Regional Schools Accreditation Commissions [http://ozzy.interaccess.com/nsse/alinks.html], this non-profit organization offers a variety of publications and services related to K-12 school improvement, including subject-specific program evaluation guides and an Indicators of Schools of Quality series.

State Education Agencies [http://www.ccsso.org/seamenu.html] - links courtesy of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

U.S. Department of Education [http://www.ed.gov/index.html]
Here you can find the National Education Goals, Researchers' Guide to the Department of Education, and various U.S. Department of Education publications in full-text.

LISTSERVS FOR ELEMENTARY SECONDARY EDUCATION

Subscribe to: K12ASSESS-L - The goal of K12ASSESS-L is to provide educators with a fast, convenient, and topical electronic discussion forum focusing on issues related to educational assessment in grades K-12. K12ASSESS-L is a place for local assessment personnel to share and obtain resources, ideas, and support. Visit the K12ASSESS-L Home Page [http://ericae.net/k12assess] for detailed subscription instructions and an archive of postings.
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FAIRNESS IN TESTING

Association of Test Publishers (ATP) [http://www.testpublishers.org/]
As the leading professional organization of American test publishers, ATP promotes standards for integrity in test development and advocates for tests' proper usage in the educational, clinical, medical, business, and professional licensure and certification arenas. To the general public, we especially recommend ATP's Questions About Tests [http://www.testpublishers.org/question.htm]. For an international perspective, we also can recommend ATP's European counterpart, the European Test Publishers Group [http://www.etpg.org/].

The Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education [http://ericae.net/code.htm]
This code has been developed by a working group of the Joint Committee on Testing Practices, a cooperative effort of six major professional organizations that has as its aim the advancement in the public interest of the quality of testing practices. The Code is targeted to the general public and states the major obligations of professional test developers and test users regarding appropriate test development or selection, test interpretation, striving for fairness, and reporting test results.
Alternate reliable sources of the Code reside at:

[http://ericae.net/code.htm] (courtesy of ERIC/AE)
[http://www.hbem.com/home/fairtest.htm] (courtesy of Harcourt Brace Educational Measurement)

Consortium for Equity in Standards and Testing (CTEST) [http://wwwcsteep.bc.edu/ctest]
In its efforts to raise the general public's awareness of fairness in the application of standards and in tests' use, CTEST offers outstanding full-text documents, including a Testing and Evaluation Primer and a special presentation entitled What is a Test. CTEST also offers an excellent set of WWW links, a Bulletin Board for online discussion of current equity issues in assessment, and a "testing in the news" section entitled Spotlight Issues.

Fairness in Testing [AskERIC InfoGuide] [http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/InfoGuides/alpha_list/Fair-Test6-98.html]
A bibliography of Internet, ERIC, and other print resources pertaining to the topic from the AskERIC Virtual Library [http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/].

FairTest - National Center for Fair & Open Testing [http://www.fairtest.org/]
As part of its advocacy mission for the elimination of standardized testing abuse and the promotion of fair, valid, educationally sound testing practices, FairTest offers scholarly research that is presented in prose comprehensible to non-scholars in both electronic and print formats, technical assistance, and other public education and advocacy efforts.

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GOALS AND STANDARDS

Achieve, Inc., Resource Center on Standards, Assessment, Accountability, and Technology for Governors [http://www.achieve.org/]
As an outcome of the 1996 National Education Summit for governors and business leaders, Achieve aspires to become a national clearinghouse and source of technical assistance for states' academic benchmarking efforts. Its Achieve National Clearinghouse Database [http://www.achieve.org/achieve/html/clearinghouse/main.html] is being built to offer a searchable, browsable version of each state's academic standards.

Standards-Based Reform and Students with Disabilities [http://wwwcsteep.bc.edu/ctestweb/special/dis.html]
The Consortium for Equity in Standards and Testing (CTEST) [http://wwwcsteep.bc.edu/ctest] offers an introduction, a bibliography of official documents, and links to pertinent news articles and Web sites in this portion of its Spotlight Issues [http://wwwcsteep.bc.edu/ctestweb/spotlight.html]. Interested readers may wish also to see CTEST's report entitled Testing Students with Disabilities [http://wwwcsteep.bc.edu/ctestweb/special/special.html].

Developing Educational Standards Page [http://PutnamValleySchools.org/Standards.html]
This is a very well organized index to Internet-available materials pertaining to K-12 evaluation standards and curriculum frameworks, especially those germane to Goals 2000. The organizational scheme provides access to: general resources, e.g., federally sponsored projects and centers and professional organizations which conduct research on standards; school subjects to which the standards documentation applies; and, state listings for information about each state's efforts.

Standards at McREL [http://www.mcrel.org/standards/index.html]
This is a library of full-text, online reports and report descriptions (print format) that cover definitions, design, development, and implementation of standards-based education from the Mid-continent Regional EducationLaboratory (McREL), a federally-sponsored institution with recognized expertise in this arena. Notable reports include:

Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education [http://www.mcrel.org/standards-benchmarks/index.html], a browsable, searchable database of across-the-curriculum content standards. This document offers the added benefit of functioning as an index because, from the standards for a given subject-area, links have been established to pertinent Internet resources for that subject;
The Status of State Standards [http://www.mcrel.org/standards/states.html] - by Robert J. Marzano and John S. Kendall; and,
Eight Questions You Should Ask Before Implementing Standards-Based Education at the Local Level. [http://www.mcrel.org/products/eight/index.html] - by Robert J. Marzano.

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