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ERIC Number: ED403272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 73
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8039-6335-1
Why We Assess Students--And How. The Competing Measures of Student Performance. The Practicing Administrator's Leadership Series.
McLean, James E.; Lockwood, Robert E.
This book addresses the roles assessments play in education and provides detailed descriptions of the common assessment types, norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests, and alternative assessments. Chapter 1 discusses the current arguments for and against the various methods of assessment, the quality requirements for test instruments, and the need to pay attention to equity and bias issues. Chapter 2 addresses the development, administration, uses, and interpretation of norm-referenced testing and its strengths and weaknesses. Chapters 3 and 4 provide similar discussions of criterion-referenced testing and alternative or authentic testing approaches. Chapter 5 demonstrates an ideal assessment system and how to develop one for any school system. If assessment is to be a positive force in education, it must be implemented properly and used to improve education, rather than merely to sort students. An annotated bibliography contains 12 references. (SLD)
Corwin Press, Inc., A Sage Publications Company, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A