Assessment in Education and the Challenges of Diversity, Equity and Excellence

Human Diversity, Assessment in Education and the Achievement of Excellence and Equity
Author: A. Wade Boykin
Abstract: This essay explores the paradox between the origins of assessment as a vehicle for equity and the contemporary tendency of assessment to be used for exclusionary purposes. The author provides a framework for more proactively addressing issues of race, culture, excellence, equity, and assessment in education. View this paper

Assessment of Content and Language in Light of the New Standards: Challenges and Opportunities for English Language Learners
Author: Kenji Hakuta
Abstract: This essay plays out an imagined scenario in 2017 (5 years hence) for the assessment of English language learners, based on assumptions about what the author knows of the Common Core State Standards and how this most recent wave of reform will impact state and local systems in the assessment of content and English language proficiency. View this paper

Democracy, Meritocracy and the Uses of Education
Authors: Aundra Saa Meroe and Edmund W. Gordon
Abstract: This essay grapples with the tension between meritocracy and democracy. The authors focus on the practical outcomes associated with each and problematize current conceptions of both ideas View this paper

Accommodation for Challenge, Diversity and Variance in Human Characteristics
Author: Martha L. Thurlow
Abstract: This essay explores the continuing evolution in instructional and assessment accommodations. The author provides background on the theoretical perspectives underlying assessment accommodations, including the history of accommodations, accommodation policies, and validity considerations. View this paper

A Social Psychological Perspective on the Achievement Gap in Standardized Test Performance Between White and Minority Students: Implications for Assessment
Author: Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton
Abstract: This essay explores the issue of academic motivation and performance from a social psychological perspective. The author focuses specifically on the academic achievement gap between White and minority students. View this paper