ERIC Number: ED410229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for the Development and Management of Performance Assessments. ERIC Digest.
Roeber, Edward D.
These guidelines are provided to offer guidance to district and state policy makers and assessment directors concerning some issues of managing the development, administration, and use of performance assessments in large scale assessment programs. The term "performance assessment" is used for assessments that go beyond paper-and-pencil, group-administered assessments. Preassessment development activities must occur before assessment development can occur. Steps in preassessment include the development of the assessment framework, creation of the assessment plan, determination of assessment resources, and production of the assessment blueprint. After the blueprint has been created, it is time to formulate the assessment prompts. Once the exercises are written, they must be edited and tested with a student sample. After initial work on a scoring guide is completed, a panel of experts should review the exercises. Preparation for assessment administration is the next set of important activities. A key to the success of the assessment is the quality of the individuals chosen to conduct the assessment. Once assessment administrators are trained, the assessment should be field tested. The scoring process requires that a number of things be prearranged to make scoring flow smoothly. The various scores then need to be summarized and prepared for reporting. This guide illustrates that performance assessment is both feasible and manageable when taken step-by-step. (Contains four references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Tests, Performance Based Assessment, Scoring, Test Construction, Test Use, Testing Problems, Training
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, Washington, DC.