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That Was Then, This is Now: The Impact of Changing Assessment Policies on Teachers and the Teaching of Writing in California

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The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of changes in assessment policies on teachers of writing and the teaching of writing in California. Surveys of middle school and high school English teachers conducted in California in 1988 and 2001 when two different accountability systems were in place provided the data for the study. Results indicate that both of California's recent assessment systems have influenced what and how teachers teach, but in very different ways.

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