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ERIC Number: ED074072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Statewide Assessment: Methods and Concerns.
Bruno, Nancy L.; And Others
Some suggestions and ideas for initiating a statewide educational assessment program are provided. Guiding principles for an assessment should be: (1) to specify and define educational goals in terms of measurable outcomes; (2) to involve various publics extensively; (3) to use measurement instruments having face and content validity; (4) to include noncognitive student behaviors; (5) to present the results in a form understandable by those outside the professional education community; and (6) to view assessment not as an end but as a means of providing useful information to decision makers. The objectives of the initial statewide assessment program should be: (1) to collect student performance data that can provide a status report on the quality of education in those goal areas identified as having high priority; (2) to introduce the concept of assessment and its usefulness as a source of information for both decision makers and concerned parents or taxpayers; (3) to provide a starting point whereby those managing the statewide effort may gain useful experience in operating the program; and (4) to develop a method of data analysis that can illustrate the variability of performance due to individual differences among students and to the social context in which they live. Essential components of the assessment should include the provision for an advisory committee and for selecting its members, conducting meetings to inform citizens and school personnel of the nature, scope, and methodology of the program, data collection materials, data analysis procedures, and reporting strategies. (Author/DB)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Center for Statewide Educational Assessment.