In January 2001 Congress
reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, but
it was quickly dubbed No Child Left Behind, or simply NCLB.
At its core, NCLB places a heavy emphasis on standardized testing as a
measure of performance.
Based upon the tremendous success of implementing its precepts in the
nation's public schools, there is a movement afoot in the Bush
administration to adapt the model to the baccalaureate level.
Indeed, there are already a number of post-secondary institutions,
both public and private, voluntarily using one such measure, the Collegiate
Learning Assessment. For its part, UAF makes use of core assessments and
program reviews as gauges of effectiveness — are standardized tests
next? In this talk I will explore various pros and cons of
standardized testing, and initiate a discussion about the future of
accountability in the academy.