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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

Categories

Reform: Accountability

Authors

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement

Published

2009

Publisher

Learning Point Associates

Abstract

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).

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