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ERIC Number: ED377238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Introducing Locally Developed Performance Measures into a School Assessment Program.
Crehan, Kevin D.; And Others
The Clark County (Nevada) School District introduced performance assessments into its assessment program for grades one through six as part of an effort to bring the assessment program in line with the revised curriculum. To study the effectiveness of these assessments, reading performance assessment results for grades three through five were examined, using about 100 students per grade at 11 representative schools. Assessments consisted of a short story at grades two and three and an informative text at grades four and five with questions that required students to respond in some substantive manner. Eighteen teachers from nine schools were chosen and trained as raters. Results suggest that the amount of training has an effect on rater agreement, with higher consensus after the third training session. Consensus was also greater after morning sessions than afternoon ones, suggesting an effect for fatigue. The cost of scoring these assessments was high, based on rater time, but not including the cost of training. Experience, so far, indicates that local development of a high-quality performance assessment is a formidable and expensive undertaking. It has yet to be determined if the costs are justified by the benefits. Three tables present study findings. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nevada