ERIC Number: ED410648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Politics of Portfolios, Performance Events and Other Authentic Assessments. UKERA Occasional Papers, No. 0007.
Winograd, Peter; Jones, Deneese; Perkins, Fran
Assessment is authentic when it occurs continually in the context of the classroom environment and reflects actual learning experiences. This paper discusses some of the political issues involved in the use of statewide performance assessment. The paper first defines portfolios, performance events, and other forms of alternative assessment. It then briefly outlines the educational challenges of a diverse society, and focuses on two key flash points of conflict between vision and reality: (1) how assessments should be used; and (2) what should be assessed. The paper draws heavily on the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) for examples, but the issues raised are those faced by educators in many places. The KERA put into place a statewide assessment system comprised of portfolios, performance events, and open-ended and multiple-choice tests. The paper offers strategies for keeping the debate about authentic assessment focused and constructive: (1) Openly acknowledge the technical limitations of current assessments systems, including authentic assessment practices; (2) take the time to communicate to and with all stakeholders; (3) take the time to build a solid based of support among stakeholders; (4) treat the opposition with respect; and (5) prepare to fight for your beliefs. (Contains 39 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Performance, Performance Based Assessment, Politics of Education, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), State Legislation, Student Evaluation
Institute on Education Reform, University of Kentucky, 101 Taylor Education Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0001; telephone: (606) 257-6734.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Inst. on Education Reform.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990