There is much in the standards-based reform movement that is attractive. The emphasis on reasoning and problem-solving, while not all that new, is supported by research on learning and cognition. The expansion in forms of assessment and the emphasis on conveying the message that effort matters are positive features. We need to expand our approaches to assessment.
It seems clear that there is also a need for greater involvement of the higher education community in the standards-based reform effort. Such involvement is likely to lead to a desirable rethinking of college entrance requirements and the ways we obtain as well as report information about student accomplishments and preparation for college.
I hope, however, that the rethinking will lead to an expansion of information rather than a substitution of one type of information for another. Thus, I would advocate the use of multiple sources of information such as those that can be provided by a mix of high school performance records, general achievement tests, reasoning tests that are not tied to any curriculum, and a variety of course specific results such as those currently provided by the Advanced Placement Program as well as those that might be provided in the future by the College Board's Pacesetter program. It is time we went beyond a wholesale rejection of the past in favor of an untried alternative. A combination is apt to be far superior to either alone.
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