ERIC Number: ED385025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
An Inside Look at School Reform: What We Have Learned about Assessing Student Learning in a Nongraded Primary School.
Hall, Tracey E.; Baker, Scott
This paper provides background information on school reform and describes efforts to implement an assessment system for students with disabilities in 12 nongraded primary classrooms. Background information briefly covers the school restructuring movement, the history of nongraded primary education, alternative assessment strategies which focus on real world applications, and the application of assessment procedures to general and special education needs. The assessment system described was designed to: (1) provide teachers with information they consider important; (2) document student achievement over time and in relation to normal achieving peers; and (3) facilitate communication between general and special education teachers. The program developed assessment tasks in reading, written expression, and mathematics. Discussion was limited to reading and written expression because of space and because teachers were more satisfied with the assessment information in these areas. Examples of assessment tasks included identification of letter names, knowledge of most common letter sounds, and sentence copying for early primary (kindergarten and grade 1) students; and oral reading fluency and creative writing for late primary (grades 2 and 3) students. Assessment at the end of the first year provided information on current practices and student performance, and these classroom-based authentic assessment procedures are to be continued a second year. Increased frequency in monitoring assessment of students identified as at risk is also planned. (Contains 12 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Educational Change, Evaluation Methods, High Risk Students, Nongraded Instructional Grouping, Performance Based Assessment, Primary Education, Reading Readiness, Regular and Special Education Relationship, School Restructuring, Special Needs Students, Student Evaluation, Writing (Composition)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. Coll. of Education.
Note: In: The Oregon Conference Monograph 1995. Volume 7; see EC 304 046.