ERIC Number: ED378214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Pilot Projects in Portfolio and Performance-Based Assessment. 1991-1992 Progress Report.
Sidler, Jennifer L.
In 1991 the School District of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) invited elementary and middle schools to participate in a pilot project to develop and implement portfolio and performance-based assessments. Twenty-five schools began work in winter 1992. Research for Better Schools, Inc. analyzed the progress reports submitted by the schools. The progress reports provided overwhelming support for the pilot and demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment on the part of teachers. The projects marked a move from the teacher as sole evaluator to multiple sources of student evaluation. The approach to instruction began to change as teachers recognized the importance of cooperative learning, peer tutoring, and hands-on projects. School climate was positively affected by the pilot process. Parent participation was influenced by the new forms of assessment and student and parent surveys. Early resistance from some students was being overcome by teacher efforts, although parents were remaining harder to convince about the need for more authentic assessment. An appendix lists participating schools. (SLD)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Educational Assessment, Elementary Education, Middle Schools, Parent Participation, Peer Teaching, Performance Based Assessment, Pilot Projects, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.