ERIC Number: ED254953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Developing a School Improvement Plan: Integrating a Large Assessment System with Instruction.
Grobe, Robert P.; And Others
The Dallas (Texas) Independent School District has developed an assessment system that is fully integrated into its learning system, which also includes planning, instruction, and accountability. This paper describes the learning system in Dallas in terms of a four-part model: planning, instruction, assessment, and accountability. Following this, the three governing principles of the learning system are delineated: (1) as much control as possible should reside at the building level; (2) flexibility and change must be allowed; and (3) activities asssociated with the learning model should be as unobtrusive as possible. The third section discusses the minutiae, trivia, and general headaches that must be overcome to implement this program successfully. Guidelines are accordingly provided for item formatting and test assembly. It is suggested that this learning syseem works in the Dallas Independent School District because (1) assessment is part of the system, (2) the system is governed by the three principles identified above, and (3) some measure of luck has prevailed. An appendix details test development activities for survey and classroom tests. (TE)
Descriptors: Accountability, Achievement Tests, Criterion Referenced Tests, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Development, Minimum Competency Testing, Models, Norm Referenced Tests, School Based Management, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dallas Independent School District TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).