ERIC Number: ED413349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Moving Up to Complex Assessment Systems. Proceedings from the CRESST Conference (Los Angeles, CA, September 5-6, 1996).
Evaluation Comment, v7 n1 p1-22 Sum 1997
Assessment systems to measure high educational standards emerged as the major theme at the 1996 conference of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), "Moving Up to Complex Assessment." This feature article, providing a summation of the proceedings of the conference, reports that the approximately 250 educators and community leaders were in general agreement that challenging standards are the key to the improvement of American education. In opening remarks, the codirectors of CRESST, Eva L. Baker and Robert L. Linn explained the conceptual model that is guiding CRESST assessment research and development in the next 5 years. This model focuses on the utility of assessment systems for various purposes and establishes long-range goals for the Center's research. The CRESST model highlights three qualities that are essential to the productive use of assessment: validity, fairness, and credibility. Conference presentations centered on broad areas related to these qualities: (1) developing valid, fair, and credible assessments; (2) enhancing the utility of assessments; and (3) exploring the role that technology can play in creating new possibilities in developing and using assessment systems. (SLD)
Descriptors: Conferences, Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Utilization, Models, Reliability, Research and Development, Standards, Test Use, Validity
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.