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Research Committee: New Assessments for New Standards: The Potential Transformation of Mathematics Education and Its Research Implications

NCTM Research Committee 

March 2013, Volume 44, Issue 2, Page 340

The current era of common curriculum standards, increased accountability, and rapid expansion of technology within a complex and highly charged political context has influenced changes in assessment practices in mathematics classrooms. This research commentary situates high-stakes assessments in a historical context, discusses recent advances in assessment tools and related technologies, makes recommendations related to future research efforts, and outlines potential challenges and opportunities associated with these recommendations.