Massachusetts leading project to gauge learning in college

Thursday, January 30, 2014

State higher education officials detailed a new project Tuesday in which Massachusetts is leading a group of nine states in developing a way to measure and compare what students learn in college by looking at their actual work, from term papers to lab reports, rather than using a standardized test.

The goal is to create a reliable standard to compare the success of Massachusetts public colleges to those of other states, from Connecticut to Kentucky to Oregon, and to help professors teach better in the process.

Also driving the plan is a fear that if states do not find good ways to hold themselves accountable, they will be vulnerable to a more simplistic effort to impose national standards.

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