ERIC Number: ED333039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-4
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of More Authentic Assessment Practices.
Hansen, Joe B.; Hathaway, Walter E.
Information was gathered to determine the extent to which more authentic education assessments, including whole language assessments, are being implemented, and to identify which organizations conduct authentic education assessments. Materials used by the surveyed organizations were collected and catalogued into a compendium of authentic assessment techniques. A conceptual framework was developed for characterizing the stage of development an organization attained with respect to authentic assessment; this framework ranged from the initial policy decision through making the assessment operational. A questionnaire was mailed to individuals representing 433 educational organizations and businesses in the United States, Canada, and several other countries. Representatives were asked what they were doing to answer the call for more authentic assessment and, more specifically, how they were addressing the call for more whole language assessment. A total of 110 organizations responded positively to either of the two questions administered, a response rate of 25.4%. Of these, 106 respondents indicated that they were attempting more authentic assessment, with 75 attempting whole language assessment. Forty-one organizations submitted materials to be catalogued. In general, assessments were in the developmental stage, with relatively little full implementation. Seven tables contain study data. Appendix A presents the survey questionnaire, and Appendix B lists 55 abstracts of the materials submitted. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Mail Surveys, Measurement Techniques, Organizations (Groups), Performance Based Assessment, Questionnaires, School Districts, Test Use, Whole Language Approach
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Chicago, IL, April 4-6, 1991).