ERIC Number: ED400465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Using Alternative Assessments in Vocational Education.
Stecher, Brian; And Others
This report describes alternative assessments in vocational education, reviews examples from extended case studies, and discusses criteria to use to choose among assessment alternatives. Chapter 1 is an introduction that contains brief summaries of each of the six assessment alternatives to familiarize the reader with the range of the sample and the variety of approaches that were represented. Chapter 2 examines the primary purposes served by assessments in education and the specific conditions that are creating pressure for alternative methods of assessment among vocational educators: the changing student population and the rapidly evolving skill mix that must be reflected in vocational programs. Chapter 3 describes the range of assessment methods, from common multiple-choice tests to new constructed-response alternatives, including performance tasks, senior projects, and portfolios. Chapter 4 discusses the quality and feasibility of alternative assessments. Chapter 5 identifies other factors relevant to choosing appropriate assessment strategies and the advantages associated with particular choices. Chapter 6 presents examples of the kinds of assessment decisions confronting vocational educators and shows how the results of this study can contribute to these decisions. Six appendixes describe each of the following case studies in detail: Kentucky Instructional Results Information System; Laborers-American General Contractors Environmental Training Assessment; Oklahoma's State Competency-Based Testing System; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; Vocational Industrial Clubs of America National Conference--Job Skills Contests and Leadership; and Career-Technical Assessment Program. Contains 30 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Improvement, Minimum Competency Testing, Performance Tests, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Student Certification, Student Evaluation, Student Organizations, Teacher Certification, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Note: Prepared as a supplement to "Getting To Work: A Guide for Better Schools," a National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE) training package.