ERIC Number: ED378218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Senior Project: Authentic Assessment at Hodgson Vocational/Technical High School. A Series on Authentic Assessment and Accountability.
Ancess, Jacqueline; Darling-Hammond, Linda
Hodgson Vocational Technical High School, New Castle County (Delaware), has recently converted from being a shared-time vocational center to being a full-time academic-vocational-technical school. As part of its restructuring, the school instituted a Senior Project, a three-part authentic assessment that combines a research paper, a shop product, and a public, formal, oral presentation. Students select a faculty advisor at the end of their junior year, and the student and advisor work together to orchestrate student progress through the project in a way similar to a dissertation process. The project supports a number of authentic teaching and learning opportunities as it encourages integrated vocational and academic learning. An intellectual component is added to traditional competence- and performance-based vocational assessment. Its most powerful lesson is that work should be meaningful rather than perfunctory. An appendix presents a sample student paper. (Contains 3 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Experiential Learning, Graduation Requirements, High School Seniors, High Schools, Industrial Arts, Performance Based Assessment, School Restructuring, Shop Curriculum, Student Projects, Test Construction, Vocational High Schools, Woodworking
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.