ERIC Number: ED362573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Outcome Based Alternative Assessment. Project SEED.
The outcome-based alternative assessment used in a two-semester Technology Communication Skills class is described. It provides an alternative activity for final examinations and is a way for students to express creativity and exercise critical thinking skills. Participants in the class are students in grades 9 through 12 (65 in this instance). Each participant independently defines and creates a business and its documents, such as spreadsheets, job descriptions, letters, and memos. Students are evaluated on their innovations and creativity as well as their abilities to use skills that match the needs of the area's actual businesses. In the example class, approximately 5 percent of the students received a marginally passing grade or failed, in contrast with the usual 25 percent in traditional midterm testing. Resources and teaching tips are discussed. The assessment project provides flexibility and options for a broad spectrum of learners while providing entry-level job skills. (SLD)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Business Education, Communication Skills, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Educational Assessment, Educational Technology, High School Students, High Schools, Instructional Materials, Job Skills, Resource Materials, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine Center for Educational Services.
Identifiers: Outcome Based Education