ERIC Number: ED164577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the State Agency in Local Assessment Systems. The Michigan Educational Assessment Program Kindergarten Program.
Brictson, Paula T.; Roeber, Edward D.
As part of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, 132 preprimary objectives were developed in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. Volunteer teachers assessed the attainment of these skills in their kindergarten children. A profile on each student was designed to report skill attainment to first grade teachers and parents. The kindergarten teachers were allowed to test their students only on those objectives of interest in that classroom. Four methods of assessment were available: state-developed tests; teacher developed or commercial tests; observation; or other sources of information, such as parents or other teachers. The teachers maintained records of individual and group attainment, and indicated: (1) the most important objectives; (2) the preferred assessment method; (3) the number of objectives which can be assessed in one year, and (4) opinion of the tests. Resulting class rosters indicated that more students were assessed on the cognitive and psychomotor (not affective) objectives. State tests were the most frequently used method, with observation second. Teachers felt that the collection and analysis of the data consumed large amounts of time, and that a majority of kindergarteners had already mastered the objectives tested. The objectives and teacher responses are appended. (GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan; Michigan Educational Assessment Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March, 1978) ; Not available in hard copy due to print quality