ERIC Number: ED423253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Improving Classroom Assessment: A Toolkit for Professional Developers (Toolkit 98).
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
This Toolkit is a guide to assessing student achievement and making students partners in the educational enterprise by clearly defining expectations for performance and letting students in on them. It is essentially about performance-based instruction and the role of student assessment in guiding and invigorating practice. This volume, Volume I, contains text and professional development training activities organized into four chapters. The first chapter, "Standards-Based Assessment--Nurturing Learning," reviews current thinking about standards-based instruction and the role of ongoing assessment. Chapter 2, "Integrating Assessment with Instruction," helps the reader understand the various ways that the development and use of assessment can affect and enhance instruction. The emphasis is on performance assessment. Chapter 3, "Designing High Quality Assessments," provides a summary and analysis of current alternative assessment efforts and when to use various designs. In Chapter 4, "Grading and Reporting--A Closer Look," why, whether, and how to grade students is explored. Each chapter contains an introduction that defines its goals, an outline of content, and an index of the professional development activities included in the chapter. A written section presents information on the concepts and ideas in the chapter, and associated professional development activities focus on implementing these concepts. Volume Two contains five appendixes with the supplemental resource material needed for various activities. It is packaged separately because the same material may be used for several activities. A version of the Toolkit on CD-ROM is included with Volume I. Volume I contains numerous overheads. (SLD)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Grading, Optical Data Disks, Performance Based Assessment, Standards, Student Evaluation, Test Construction, Test Use
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 SW Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204; fax: 503-275-0458; http://www.nwrel.org. Available in both print and CD-ROM versions.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.