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ERIC Number: ED393158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An Invitation to Invention: Top-Down Support for Bottom-Up Reform of Assessment in New York State.
Falk, Beverly; And Others
This paper describes the development and outcomes of New York State's "Invitation to Invention," the Regents Exam Options Project. Initiated as a temporary strategy to encourage and support local changes in teaching and assessment toward the learner-centered reforms taking place in the state, the project provided high school teachers and schools with temporary relief from some of the constraints of the current, highly structured state assessment system. The program invited them to create performance-based assessments (such as projects, performances, and portfolios) that would count toward a percentage of their students' high school Regents examination credit required for high school graduation. Specifically, the paper describes the impact of the first year of the project on teaching and learning and its potential for implementing change. Nine high schools and one school district participated. Data were derived from district reports, extensive sampling of student work, and interviews with and surveys of project teachers, students, and administrators. Findings indicate that the project changed the ways in which teachers taught, supported student achievement at higher performance levels, and enhanced teachers' professional learning. Concerns about conceptions of reliability and validity, the role of standardization, authenticity, and context in large-scale performance-based assessment systems are discussed. It is recommended that the state create performance assessments based on uniform standards in the disciplines--to use common scoring rubrics that articulate different levels of student performance. (Contains 27 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New York