ERIC Number: ED418483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
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The Role of the School Administrator in the Implementation of Alternative Assessment Procedures.
Tabarlet, John E.
Ways in that to identify alternative assessment procedures that mirror actual performance are explored. The paper focuses on how high schools in three Texas school districts adopted alternative assessment methods and the variables which led to the actual implementation of these procedures by the classroom teachers. The information is intended to provide useful data to school officials interested in initial implementation of alternative assessment in their districts or in making this implementation process more efficient. It is revealed that alternative forms of assessment have shown promise as educational reform but that this reform is seldom utilized throughout a school district. The questions center on teacher and administrator variables, such as knowledge, training, and attitudes; and demographic variables, such as teacher subject area, teacher experience, and size of the school district. It was found that the most important variable leading to the implementation of alternative assessment procedures is each teacher's knowledge level. Teachers who were most likely to use such procedures were those who had a clear understanding of the theory behind alternative assessment, with a firm command of the methodology necessary to implement the procedures in the classroom. It is recommended that alternative assessment theory and practice should be encouraged or made mandatory in all teacher education programs and should be included as a part of state teacher certification. The teacher and administrator interviews are appended. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (50th, Corpus Christi, TX, August 6-10, 1996).