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ERIC Number: ED447183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 137
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8039-6834-5
Large-Scale Assessment: Dimensions, Dilemmas, and Policy. Experts in Assessment.
Kifer, Edward
This discussion of the challenges associated with contemporary assessments opens with the description of an assessment grid. The grid, which contains 11 dimensions on which assessments may vary and examples of its use, form the first third of the book. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, two international studies, and the Kentucky Instructional Results Information System are analyzed to show how the report card grid works. The second third of the book explains the dimensions and facets of the grid, and the final third of the book discusses the important issues related to assessments and suggests some things that might be done to bring about assessment results that improve education. The chapters are: (1) "The Setting"; (2) "Determining Purposes, Functions, and Targets: Reasons for Everything"; (3) "Selecting the Frameworks, Standards, and Stakes for Assessments"; (4) "Outcomes and Assessments"; (5) "Addressing the Thorny Issues"; and (6) "Monitoring What Matters." A resource section lists some informative Web sites about assessment. (Contains 147 references.) (SLD)
Corwin Press, Inc., A Sage Publications Company, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paperback: ISBN-0-8039-6834-5, $24.95; library edition: ISBN-0-8039-6833-7, $55.95). Tel: 805-499-9734; Fax: 805-499-5323; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress