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ERIC Number: ED440988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-27
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Educating Applied Assessment Professionals at the Masters Level.
Schafer, William D.
The Department of Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation (EDMS) at the University of Maryland is working to develop Master's degree programs that are oriented around developing assessment professionals for work in applied settings. Two fundamentally different sets of experiences are being developed: (1) assessment development, administration, and scoring; and (2) data analysis and reporting. Organizations interested in participation would be asked to transfer funds for each intern they sponsor and provide professional supervision of the intern's experiences. The intern would spend approximately 15 hours a week for a significant period of time at the organization's job site. The student, who would learn by doing, would undertake assessment related duties and then prepare a paper that can be used to assess the student's learning. The student may also use the paper to fulfill the "Scholarly Paper" requirement of the Master of Arts degree. All students would complete a core of courses in assessment and measurement and then would choose between two specializations. Competencies are described for each specialization and a sample schedule is presented. Prospective sponsoring organizations have been interested in employing graduates of a program of this type, but many have been reluctant to contribute their sites as placements for paid interns. Course developers expect that the interns will increase rather than drain the capacity of the organization. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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