ERIC Number: ED400313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Design and Field Test of the ACT Portfolio System.
Reckase, Mark D.
The American College Testing Program (ACT) is field testing a portfolio assessment model. The field test is designed to determine whether it is possible to implement a portfolio assessment model on a national level that will result in scores that are of sufficient reliability and validity that they can be used for decisions at the student level. An early decision by the ACT was to develop the assessment with the direct collaboration of teachers. Representatives of national education organizations nominated schools to participate, and seven schools were selected as design partners for the development effort. Each appointed a teacher to the design team, which met to decide on a definition of the portfolio system and a concept for the field test. Eleven to 13 work sample descriptions were then developed for each of the content areas of language arts, mathematics, and science. At the beginning of the school year, the school determines five work sample descriptions that will be used for each course and students are given guidelines to help them in the formation of their portfolios, which eventually will include an item for each of the work sample areas. The five entries and the student's self-reflective letter are sent to the ACT for scoring. Pilot implementation and study with 35 teachers resulted in a revised system that 22 schools will test in the 1995-96 school year. (Contains 1 table and 10 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Cooperation, Field Tests, High Schools, Language Arts, Mathematics Education, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Science Education, Scores, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Results, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment