ERIC Number: ED431817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Fragile Evidence: A Critique of Reading Assessment.
This critique brings together psychometric theory, reading theory, and social critique to analyze reading assessment and to consider the assumptions that underlie reading assessment as practiced. The chapters are: (1) "What Counts as Evidence of Reading?"; (2) "Evidence, Validity, and Assessment"; (3) "Multiple-Choice Standardized Reading Tests in the Early 1990s"; (4) "Individualized Assessment"; (5) "A Selective Social History of the Uses of Reading Tests" (Patrick Shannon); (6) "The Consequences of the Use of Standardized Tests" (Peter Johnston); (7) "'Evaluation Is All Day, Noticing What Is Happening': Multifaceted Evaluations of Readers" (Jane Hansen); (8) "Toward Reform: Lessons from Miscue Analysis" ; (9) "Reforms in Assessment: Perils and Possibilities"; and (10) "Toward a Revisioning of Reading Assessment: What Matters?" An appendix analyzes attributes of subject and author indexes, and some individualized and group tests. (Contains numerous references) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Psychometrics, Reading Achievement, Social Influences, Standardized Tests, Test Use, Validity
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 10 Industrial Avenue, Mahwah, NJ 07430 (paperback: ISBN-0-8058-2530-4; clothbound: ISBN-0-8058-2529-0).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: "With Patrick Shannon, Peter Johnston, Jane Hansen."