ERIC Number: ED400334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Principles and Indicators for Student Assessment Systems.
National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest), Cambridge, MA.; National Forum on Assessment.
The National Forum on Assessment, a coalition of education and civil rights organizations, offers these principles and indicators to help guide the development of assessment systems that can meet the needs of today's educational environment. The following principles reflect that the key purpose of assessment is to serve learning: (1) the primary purpose of assessment is to improve student learning; (2) assessment for other purposes supports student learning; (3) assessment systems are fair to all students; (4) professional collaboration and development support assessment; (5) the broad community participates in assessment development; (6) communication about assessment is regular and clear; and (7) assessment systems are regularly reviewed and improved. Included with the statement of principles are a glossary, a 39-item bibliography, a list of 10 resource organizations, a discussion of how the principles were developed, a summary of the principles, and a list of organizational and individual signers. (SLD)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Community Involvement, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Indicators, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Professional Development, Student Evaluation, Test Bias, Test Construction, Test Use
Fair Test (National Center for Fair and Open Testing), 342 Broadway, Cambridge MA 02139 ($10, bulk discounts available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest), Cambridge, MA.; National Forum on Assessment.