ERIC Number: ED351346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Stefonek, Tom; And Others
Policy Briefs, n15-16 spec iss 1991
This special double issue focuses on the issue of alternative assessment and its place in educational reform. "Alternative Assessment: A National Perspective" (T. Stefonek) emphasizes that the fundamental purposes of new assessment methods are grounded in educational goals, meaningful outcomes, and curricular and instructional programs promoting life-long student learning, rather than in the measurement process. An emerging question is whether complex, realistic, and time-consuming measures can be used in traditional ways to evaluate all students on a statewide basis. Authentic assessment will be truly authentic when it has progressed to the point where outcomes, curriculum, instruction, and student evaluation are integrated to meet society's educational needs and provide evaluation information. Next, the section, "Regional Actions and Agendas," presents a summary of state assessment initiatives. A Guest Commentary, "The Golden Age of Assessment" (E. Roeber), a review of new forms of assessment is presented along with two other commentaries: (1) "Assessment: More than a Tool--A Driving Force in Educational Reform" (N. Fulford), a discussion of educational changes that must accompany alternative assessment; and (2) "An Opportunity for Interactive Teaming" (E. Rose), a discussion of ways to further the collaboration and school inclusion movements of the 1980s. (SLD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.