ERIC Number: ED455255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Balancing Local Assessment with Statewide Testing: Building a Program That Meets Student Needs. Knowledge Brief.
Rabinowitz, Stanley; Ananda, Sri
This brief makes the case for thoughtful district- or school-driven assessment systems that complement and go beyond what statewide testing systems are able to accomplish. It describes important attributes of model local assessment programs and presents the necessary steps for building a local assessment program that will elicit information that is of value to teachers, students, and parents and is rarely available from state assessment programs. Heavily influencing the development of nationwide assessments are issues related to the technical adequacy of assessments and their efficiency. These issues are more easily managed at the local level, where assessments are rarely used for graduate or system accountability purposes. Despite fewer constraints related to technical adequacy or efficiency, many local officials have been tempted to develop systems that essentially duplicate their state's assessment program. Efficient and effective local assessments will complement, rather than duplicate, statewide efforts. Such assessments should be linked to state and local content standards, provide information values at the local level, and support teaching and learning. These steps will ensure the development of efficient and effective local assessment systems: (1) identify and prioritize needs and goals; (2) meet with state assessment officials; (3) identify resources; (4) convene development teams; (5) provide necessary professional development; (6) pilot tasks and reports; (7) revise tasks based on pilot results; and (8) implement and monitor. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Models, Program Implementation, Psychometrics, School Districts, State Programs, Test Construction, Test Use, Testing Programs
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.