ERIC Number: ED347510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Improving Evaluation of Third Grade Literacy Using Authentic Techniques and Self Assessment.
The purpose of this practicum was to broaden and strengthen the classroom assessment of literacy development in a third grade. Goals were to implement authentic assessment techniques, to involve both students and parents in goal setting and ongoing evaluation processes, and to develop writing portfolios exhibiting a wide range of student performance. A staff survey was administered comparing standardized tests to course content being implemented; a survey was conducted among third grade parents to ascertain their preferences for report cards or conferences, as well as their evaluation of the effectiveness of conferences; frequent conferences were held with parents to set goals for, and report progress on, student achievement; scaffold conferences were implemented with individual students on a regular basis to review goals and progress; steps in the writing process were modeled; a variety of authentic assessments were implemented, including the portfolio and observation approaches; and several portfolio workshops and alternative assessment presentations were given at district, county, and state levels. Results of the practicum were positive. Analysis of data revealed that the authentic assessment methods monitored through scaffold conferences taught students to assume increased responsibility for their own learning programs. More frequent conferences between parents and teacher, plus the implementation of a criteria based report card, created more meaningful dialogue about the educational program and individual student progress. (Two tables of data and two figures are included. Nine appendixes--containing surveys, a teacher scoring sheet and checkoff grid, report card criteria, and parent suggestions--and 44 references are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.