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ERIC Number: ED443868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 44
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An Analysis of Parents' Attitudes towards Authentic Performance Assessment.
Xue, Yange; Meisels, Samuel J.; Bickel, Donna DiPrima; Nicholson, Julie; Atkins-Burnett, Sally
This study focused on parents' reactions to the implementation of a curriculum-embedded performance assessment for young children. It examines the Work Sampling System (WSS) (S. Meisels, J. Jablon, D. Marsden, M. Dichtelmiller, A. Dorfman, and D. Steele, 1994), a continuous progress performance assessment system that offers an alternative to norm-referenced group-administered achievement tests for preschool through grade 5. With the WSS, parents become involved in the assessment process. Data gathered from students in schools using the WSS and their parents were analyzed. Of the 350 surveys distributed to families, 246 were completed and returned (70%). Parents in this study held positive attitudes toward the WSS Summary Report and Portfolio and believed that these tools benefited their children. These results suggest that parents appreciate the more detailed information they receive from the WSS. Approximately two-thirds of the respondents preferred the WSS to conventional report cards. Other parents seemed to prefer the letter grades with which they were familiar. The more parents perceived that teachers enjoyed using the WSS, and the more they perceived that teachers were willing to help them understand the WSS, the more they liked the system. An appendix contains a discussion of variables used in the structural equation models. (Contains 2 figures, 9 tables, and 46 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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