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The Alternative to High Stakes Testing


The New York Performance Standards Consortium represents 28 schools across New York State. Formed in 1997, the Consortium opposes high stakes tests arguing that "one size does not fit all."

Despite skepticism that an alternative to high stakes tests could work, the New York Performance Standards Consortium has done just that...developed an assessment system that leads to quality teaching, that enhances rather than compromises our students' education. Consortium school graduates go on to college and are successful.

In the search for standards, many had hoped that high stakes tests were a way to ensure quality teaching and learning. Increasingly, the public is becoming aware that this approach hasn't worked, leading instead to an increase in dropouts, the decline of teacher professionalism and the trivializing of curriculum.

We invite others to join our effort to preserve and extend performance-based assessment.

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2016: Upcoming High School Fair

STEM rubric

New York Performance Standards Consortium
Accommodations for Students With Disabilities
Revised February 2013

Carol Burris: Keynote Address
Consortium Conference 1/28/2013
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Educating for the 21st Century:
Data Report on the New York Performance Standards Consortium

See how Consortium teachers' courses and assignments relate to Common Core Standards:

Changing the National Conversation on Assessment, by Phyllis Tashlik
PDK International

Keeping Accountability Systems Accountable, by Martha Foote
Eric | PDK International

From the Center For Inquiry:
Check out the Exemplar Student Papers assessed during the Consortium Moderation Study.

Download: Pacing charts and forms needed for high school and middle school.

Measuring What Matters
Educational Leadership: December 2008/January 2009

View Chart: Performance-Based Assessment System

RUBRICS: Download new rubrics in math, literacy, social studies and science.

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