ERIC Number: ED400279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Alternative Assessment in Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Science: A Longitudinal Study.
Newell, Sigrin T.
Practicality is the "Achilles heel" of alternative assessment in middle school science. This 5-year study of an "early adopter" school explores factors that enable alternate assessment to thrive in spite of practical problems. Interviews with five seventh-grade life science teachers and five eighth-grade physical science teachers who initiated and continue to sustain new assessment methods indicate that in the early years they explored many approaches, and were not blamed for problems. Since many aspects worked well, the teachers were convinced by their own experience of students' increased ability to understand and explain science concepts. A collegial atmosphere and administrative support in time and resources helped to sustain the innovation. (Contains 3 figures and 12 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Interviews, Junior High Schools, Longitudinal Studies, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Program Development, Science Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Test Construction, Testing Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).