ERIC Number: ED378217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Bronx New School: Weaving Assessment into the Fabric of Teaching and Learning. A Series on Authentic Assessment and Accountability.
In 1987, parents and teachers from diverse neighborhoods of a local school district in New York (New York) founded the Bronx New School, a small public elementary school of choice that was meant to be learner-centered, with high standards for all. The school was organized into heterogeneous, multi-age classes and structured to encourage collaboration among faculty, students, and families. In spite of political stresses, the school's founding values have survived. This report focuses on the first 3 years of its life, a time when a comprehensive assessment system was designed and used throughout the school. The assessment system was designed to support instruction and learning through the collection of descriptive records of student growth. Teacher-kept records, student-kept records, and samples of student work in portfolios are used in combination to develop a picture of student learning. A developmental framework constructed by teachers provides a general guide for expectations of progress. The implementation of the system is illustrated through the case study of one student. (Contains 31 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Comprehensive Programs, Educational Assessment, Elementary Education, Heterogeneous Grouping, Models, Nongraded Instructional Grouping, Parent Participation, Performance Based Assessment, Political Influences, Portfolios (Background Materials), Public Schools, School Choice, School Restructuring, Standards, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Urban Schools
NCREST, Box 110, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 ($8).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.; Leon Lowenstein Foundation, New York, NY.; National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.; Aaron Diamond Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers Coll. National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching.