ERIC Number: ED355256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Alternative Assessments in Math and Science: Moving toward a Moving Target. A Joint Study.
Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; Virginia Education Association, Richmond.
Given the restructuring of curriculum and instruction and the changing state of assessment in Virginia and nationally, a study group of 22 Virginia teachers from elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools throughout the state chose to examine and revise their assessment practices. They wanted to reflect changes in thinking and practice in teaching that include active learning, cooperative learning, and critical thinking strategies. After 6 months of developing and implementing alternative assessments in their classrooms, study group members concluded that implementation strategies should include: (1) planning assessment as instruction is planned; (2) having a partner with whom to share ideas; (3) developing generic rubrics; (4) expecting to learn by trial and error; (5) attempting student peer assessment; and (6) using cooperative grouping for completing assessment tasks. In addition to findings in the areas of student achievement, student attitudes, instructional practice, and teacher effectiveness, 22 sample activities for alternative assessment with scoring rubrics and an 85-item bibliography are provided. Eleven tables illustrate the discussion. Seven appendixes contain technical details, a glossary, and criteria and recommendations for alternative assessment. (SLD)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests, Performance Based Assessment, Science Achievement, Science Tests, Scoring, Secondary School Teachers, Student Evaluation, Teacher Made Tests, Thinking Skills
Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Resource Center, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 24325 ($9); Director of Instruction and Professional Development, Virginia Education Association, 116 South Third Street, Richmond, VA 23219 (VEA members only).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; Virginia Education Association, Richmond.