ERIC Number: ED403272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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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)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Norm Referenced Tests, Performance Based Assessment, Student Placement, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Test Use
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
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