Linda Bond, director of assessment at NCREL, explains how the new skills needed in the 21st-century global economy have spurred the accountability/assessment movement in education. Excerpted from NCREL's Policy Talks, audiotape #2, Reaching for New Goals and Standards: The Role of Testing in Educational Reform Policy (NCREL, 1994).
"The accountability movement of the past decade has be spurred by a concern that too many American students are not acquiring the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in the 21st century. Believing that the economic survival of the United States, depends upon improving the skills of its workers, National, State and local policy makers have searched for ways to motivate schools and students to reach for new and higher levels of achievement."
Date posted: 1995