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ERIC Number: ED363644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Pages: 6
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Toronto's Elementary Benchmark Program.
Larter, Sylvia; Sullivan, Marilyn
In 1987 the Toronto (Ontario, Canada) Board of Education launched the development of the Toronto Board Benchmark Program to establish benchmarks, which are samples of student performance on a wide range of language and mathematics tasks. These samples, in print and video, show what students in grades 3, 6, and 8 can do on learning tasks based on Ontario Ministry of Education and Toronto Board objectives. The benchmarks are not tests, but are information that provide insight into student performance and achievement. The benchmarks are intended to serve as models of appropriate assessment activities and classroom practices. To date, over 40 benchmarks have been developed for each grade. The holistic scoring criteria are presented for one mathematics benchmark and one language benchmark. Five levels of performance are identified. The use of benchmarks can reflect the fluid nature of learning and evaluating, and can allow the teacher to remain in control of the evaluation, unlike the use of externally developed and scored tests. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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