ERIC Number: ED110740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Performance Assessment System for the Central New York External High School Diploma Program: An Educational Alternative for Adults: A Progress Report.
Nickse, Ruth S.
The report describes the development of an alternative performance assessment procedure for certifying adults at the secondary school level in the New York External High School Diploma Program. Unlike standardized group tests, the alternative method is characterized by such features as flexibility in time and location of testing, variety of communication methods, and continuous feedback to students. The program's first developmental objective for 1974-75 was a field test demonstration. Preparatory steps for the field test included defining performance criteria (translating generalized competencies into behavioral terms, with accompanying performance indicators), designing assessment components (developing diagnostic procedures and procedures for assessing generalized and individualized competencies), and designing the operational form of the assessment system. Later steps included pre-testing the assessment system (selection and recruitment of subjects and observers, and method of testing), and defining the role of the learning consultants (program development, counseling adult learners, and administering tests). The second objective, the awarding of diplomas, included gathering information on the program's first 20 graduates for later use in program revision. Objective three, the production of a final external diploma assessment package, will require additional time to accomplish. (JR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Education, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Educational Assessment, Equivalency Tests, External Degree Programs, High School Equivalency Programs, Nontraditional Education, Performance Criteria, Pretesting, Secondary Education, Student Certification, Test Construction, Testing, Tests
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Regents External High School Diploma Program.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Regional Learning Service of Central New York, Syracuse.