ERIC Number: ED362562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
What Works in Performance Assessment? Proceedings of the CRESST Conference (Los Angeles, California, September 10-12, 1992). Evaluation Comment.
The 1992 annual conference of the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) was dedicated to explaining "What Works in Performance Assessment?" This report provides a synopsis of discussions by over 300 policymakers, researchers, and teachers. CRESST Co-Director Eva Baker summed up the present state of performance assessment in her opening remarks. Other researchers concurred with her warning that there is much that is not yet known about performance assessment. A beginning has been made, in that what is known about standardized tests and the misuse of their results has been defined. It is evident that state and federal interest in the use of performance assessments is growing. Research is being conducted into performance assessment fairness, particularly with regard to portfolios. The expected links among instruction, learning, and alternative assessment are being investigated. The CRESST validity criteria of transfer and generalizability have received substantial attention in studies of the technical aspects of performance assessment. The final validity criterion that CRESST requires of performance assessment focuses on cost and the resources needed to implement the new assessments in the classroom. What is known above all is that lots of performance assessments are being developed. Brief abstracts are given of 13 additional conference papers. An attachment lists and annotates the technical reports available from CRESST. (SLD)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Cost Estimates, Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Generalization, Performance, Performance Based Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Psychometrics, Reliability, Student Evaluation, Validity
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Evaluative
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.; California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.