ERIC Number: ED436623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Cross-Industry Assessment and Certification. Framework and Implementation Guide.
WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
This guide provides assessment models to those involved in planning and implementing workplace assessment and certification systems, including systems supported by the School-to-Work Opportunities Act. Chapter 2 presents the following: a kindergarten-through-career vision for cross-industry assessment; a plan for spanning the needs and goals of industry and education contexts; an assessment of strategies for each developmental level; and ways in which this vision is aligned to and supports the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) vision for industry skill standards. Chapter 3 defines standards, presents types of standards used in education and industry contexts, and provides a summary of work done by the National Skill Standards and Assessment Collaborative (NSSAC) to identify categories of cross-industry standards applicable across industries. Chapter 4 describes qualities of an effective program and discusses validity, reliability, and fairness. Chapter 5 charts NSSAC's development work with two assessment methods--portfolios and written scenarios. The identified assessment prototypes are included. Chapter 6 presents a general process for developing effective scoring systems, highlighted by specific examples, and discusses issues related to combining assessment information and reporting results to appropriate audiences. Chapter 7 summarizes "lessons learned" and recommendations for design and implementation of a skill standards-based assessment system. Appendixes include information on NSSB and NSSAC scenario review form. The guide contains 52 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Certificates, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Job Skills, Models, Performance Based Assessment, Portfolio Assessment, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Scoring, Standards, Student Certification, Student Evaluation, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.