ERIC Number: ED440980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-17
Developing a Standards-Based Assessment System: A Handbook.
WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
This handbook is intended as a resource for schools and districts interested in developing and implementing a standards-based assessment system. The chapters in the handbook introduce key steps in the assessment development process. Several types of on-demand and cumulative assessments are emphasized, including multiple-choice and written-response tests, projects, and portfolios. Chapter 1 discusses identifying standards that clearly define what students should know and be able to do. Chapters 2 through 4 consider developing or selecting a variety of effective assessments that together measure student performance in relation to the standards. Developing and refining an assessment scoring system is explored in chapter 5. Chapter 6 is concerned with reporting assessment results to key stakeholders. Supporting the overall development and implementation of the assessment system is reviewed in chapter 7. Information in this handbook is largely drawn from the experience of two interrelated career-technical assessment programs in California, Assessments in Career Education and the Career-Technical Assessment Program. The system developed from these programs uses a combination of written on-demand assessments and cumulative assessments that students shape and complete over a substantial period of time. Four appendixes contain examples of assessment practice and a list of assessment-related resources on developing and implementing a standards-based system. (Contains 45 tables and 37 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; Sacramento County Office of Education, CA.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.