ERIC Number: ED327570
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Monitoring the Impact of Testing and Evaluation Innovations Project: State Activity and Interest Concerning Performance-Based Assessment.
Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.
Information was gathered about current state interest, activity, and concerns related to performance assessment for students. The Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing of the University of California (Los Angeles) conducted telephone interviews with directors of testing in each of the 50 states in the spring of 1990. Each state testing officer was asked about the state's activity or interest in alternatives to multiple-choice testing at the state level, using a relatively inclusive definition of alternative assessment that did not include simple direct writing assessment. About half the states are currently involved in performance assessment to some degree. Most of the activity and interest was found in the areas of math and science, followed by social studies, expanded writing, and expanded language. Five major areas of concern were noted: (1) costs; (2) logistics; (3) technical aspects; (4) support for implementation of performance-based assessment; and (5) the role of performance-based assessment in a state testing program. In spite of this interest, about 50% of the states were not currently implementing or planning to implement performance-based state assessments for a variety of reasons. One table summarizes selected responses from the states. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.