ERIC Number: ED335415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Performance Assessment and Records of Accomplishment for Employability.
This paper describes uses for one component of an authentic assessment--visual records of achievement. Focus is on the uses of instant photography in visual literacy, multicultural education, and administrative applications. Using instant photography, students and their teachers can create a collection of the students' best work. That visual documentation is part of the commonly used jury evaluation of the student's portfolio. However, the same authentic assessment materials can be used to assist job-seeking students or graduates with employment interviews. While these applications are as yet undeveloped in the United States, the school-business partnership of Sheffield (England) has a comprehensive program linking school-based assessment with subsequent job placement. Under the Sheffield program, the visual records of transitory events bridge the conversation between the job seeker's most important experience to date (school) and the employer's need to know something real about the graduate's accomplishments/interests. Visual records are an important extension of the movement for reforms in student progress measurement and represent a chance for school officials to increase efficiency by re-cycling work done for school purposes to yet other goals. The larger political context of authentic assessment in the United States, the relationship between visual literacy and text understanding, and how instant photography is currently being used in the schools to build multicultural awareness and to acknowledge high-achieving students and teachers are discussed. (RLC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: England (Sheffield)
Note: Paper presented at the Colorado State Department of Education Assessment Conference of the Education Commission of the States (Breckenridge, CO, June 15, 1991).