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Report: Vertical Alignment Ensuring Opportunity to Learn in a Standards-Based System

Report » Vertical Alignment Ensuring Opportunity to Learn in a Standards-Based System


Reform: Accountability


The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement




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In response to requirements in the No Child Left Behind Act logical, consistent order for teaching the standards-
(NCLB), state policymakers have made concerted efforts to based content in a subject area from one grade level or
align state standards with state accountability assessments. course to the next (Case & Zucker, 2005).
When strongly aligned and articulated, state standards
and assessments can provide a clear and coherent set of
Curriculum alignment often has been cited as one of
expectations for students and educators (Case & Zucker,
the most powerful strategies for improving student
2005; Council of Chief State School Officers, 2002, 2006;
achievement (Cawelti & Protheroe, 2003; Center for
Kulm, Wilson, & Kitchen, 2005; Resnick, Rothman, Slattery,
Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, 2006;
& Vranek, 2003).