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ERIC Number: ED334829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Profiles; Validity Issues in Assessment and Reporting.
Griffin, Patrick
There is a need to improve teachers' ability to process and communicate information about student learning. In Australia, literacy is an important area in which to assess educational effectiveness. The community will continue to demand evidence of the schools' success in this area. Educators need to define the literacy goals, standards, and levels to be achieved, and implement procedures to assess student progress toward them. The assessment should measure the effect of curriculum and instructional changes on student progress, and should be highly credible and endorsed by all constituencies. Measurement of discrete skills must be complemented by assessment of underlying development or synthesis. Performance assessment measures, as an alternative to standardized tests, have several drawbacks that interfere with their use for purposes of accountability. The literacy profile is a reporting system that comes close to meeting the need for accountability, but lacks a degree of external validity. Standardized tests can been combined with the Victorian (Australia) literacy profile to strengthen its validity. A similar strategy has been used successfully in the United Kingdom. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia