ERIC Number: ED429146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Establishing High Quality Classroom Assessments.
McMillan, James H.
Ideas about educational assessment are synthesized to construct a Quality Assessment Checklist that can be used to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of classroom assessments. Sound assessment begins with clear and appropriate learning targets. Once learning targets have been identified, they need to be matched with appropriate methods. Validity is another consideration, one that refers to the appropriateness of the inferences, uses, and consequences that result from the assessment. In classroom assessment, validity is determined by professional judgment. Reliability is concerned with the consistency, stability, and dependability of the scores. There is a number of things a teacher can do to enhance reliability in classroom assessment, including keeping procedures and scoring as objective as possible. Assessments must also be fair, giving all students an equal opportunity to demonstrate achievement. The consequences of the assessment must be considered, and the assessment must be designed to be practical and efficient. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, Richmond, VA.