The Place of Assessment to Improve Learning in a Context of High Accountability

  • Margaret Heritage
Part of the The Enabling Power of Assessment book series (EPAS, volume 1)


This chapter examines how the use of assessment can improve learning. It discusses the potentially negative consequences of test-based accountability contexts on assessment practices and student learning, and considers how assessment to improve learning can be effectively incorporated into accountability contexts. It suggests directions for further investigation.


Student Achievement Accountability System Common Core State Standard Accountability Purpose National Research Council Committee 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Center for Research on Evaluation Standards and Student TestingUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUnited States

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