ERIC Number: ED381360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Science and Mathematics Education: A Toolkit for Professional Developers: Alternative Assessment.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Since assessment is intimately linked with instruction, it too is changing under the wave of numerous efforts at reforming mathematics and science education. From this new perspective, the learner actively constructs personal meaning from information and experiences by linking new information with his or her pre-existing knowledge and understanding. This document was designed as a professional development resource to assist teachers in deepening their vision of what students need to know and be able to do, and to change the interactions between teachers and students in the classroom. It is a compilation of activities and supportive materials developed not only as an alternative assessment resource, but as a means for engaging teachers in dialogue about changing the ways mathematics and science have traditionally been taught and assessed. The Toolkit contains the following chapters: (1) "Introducing the Toolkit," (2) "Supporting Educational Improvement with Alternative Assessment," (3) "Integrating Assessment with Curriculum and Instruction," (4) "Exploring Design Options for Alternative Assessment," (5) "Evaluating the Quality and Equity of Alternative Assessments," (6) "Using Alternative Assessment in Grading and Reporting," and (7) "Designing Effective Professional Development." Appendices include alternative assessment samples and a resource listing of science and mathematics reform initiatives, agencies, state departments of education and school districts, publishers, print materials, and sources of information on tests. A 53-item annotated list of articles and books concludes the toolkit. (MKR)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Student Evaluation
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Reform Assistance and Dissemination.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers: Mathematics Activities; Reform Efforts
Note: Prepared by the Regional Educational Laboratory Network Program on Science and Mathematics Alternative Assessment.