ERIC Number: ED378187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Becoming Assessors: Authentic Assessment for Authentic Instruction. A Report of the Blue Ridge Assessment Project, a Collaborative Effort of the Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Harrisonburg, Orange, and Rockingham Schools.
This report describes educators' collaborative self-directed experiences in learning about and producing alternative forms of assessment for use in elementary-level classrooms. The report analyzes the Virginia Standards of Learning and local curricula in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science/Health in grades 2-4, to provide common ground for the assessments. The assessments themselves are then presented, including checklists, portfolios, performance tasks, product assessments, projects, and simulations. Assessments in language arts cover oral communication, research and reporting skills, reading, writing, letter writing, and creative writing. Assessments in mathematics focus on problem solving, probability and statistics, data analysis, conservation, patterns, economics, money, measurement, geometry, and graphing. Social studies assessments address economics, earth care, Powhatan Indians, Tidewater region, and cooperative learning. Science/health assessments examine investigative skills and observation skills. A section titled "Voices" seasons the report with teachers' statements about learning and individual change in their professional contexts and their lives. Another section offers recommendations to enhance teacher learning and change. A resources section presents a glossary, and items for use as overhead transparencies or handouts. Appendices include a project plan, assessment item checklist, a model of the purposes of assessment, and a participant list. Contains 55 references. (JDD)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods, Inservice Teacher Education, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Tests, Portfolio Assessment, Simulation, Skill Analysis, Student Evaluation, Student Projects, Test Construction
Frank Morgan, Curriculum Development and Research, Albemarle County Schools, 401 McIntire Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22901.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
Authoring Institution: Albemarle County Schools, Charlottesville, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia