## Measuring What Counts: A Conceptual Guide for Mathematics AssessmentTo achieve national goals for education, we must measure the things that really count. Arguing for a better balance between educational and measurement concerns in the development and use of mathematics assessment, this book sets forth three principlesâ€"related to content, learning, and equityâ€"that can form the basis for new assessments that support emerging national standards in mathematics education. |

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### Contents

Preface | |

Executive Summary | |

A Vision of School Mathematics 15 | |

A Vision of Mathematics Assessment 29 | |

Assessing Important Mathematical Content 41 | |

Assessing to Support Mathematics Learning 67 | |

Assessing to Support Equity and Opportunity in Mathematics Learning 91 | |

Commissioned Papers 147 | |

Study Group on Guidelines for Mathematics Assessment 225 | |

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