ERIC Number: ED358964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Primary Language Record at P.S. 261: How Assessment Transforms Teaching and Learning. A Series on Authentic Assessment and Accountability.
Falk, Beverly; Darling-Hammond, Linda
This report examines outcomes of the Primary Language Record (PLR), a program for systematically observing students in various aspects of their literacy development. The PLR uses classroom events and samples of student work to record students' progress and interests, recommend strategies for addressing needs and building on talents, and discuss ideas and perceptions with students, their parents, and faculty. This report examines the PLR in New York City's Public School 261, which has participated in this project since its inception in 1991. The following topics are covered: (1) concerns about standardized testing; (2) a general overview of the PLR; (3) a description of the PLR as implemented in P.S. 261; (4) the influence of PLR on teaching, learning, and assessment; and (5) lessons for implementing the PLR. Appendices include suggested parent interview questions; suggested student interview questions; PLR forms for observations; and work samples. (MN)
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Elementary School Students, Evaluation Methods, Performance Based Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Primary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Student Evaluation, Test Use, Whole Language Approach
NCREST, Box 110, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 ($8).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.; Leon Lowenstein Foundation, New York, NY.; Aaron Diamond Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers Coll. National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching.