ERIC Number: ED456128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Appropriate Assessment of Primary Grade Students.
Rhine, Sarah; Smith, Elizabeth
This research project focuses on the problem of the inappropriate assessment of primary grade students. The targeted group was first graders in a suburban elementary school. While taking tests, students revealed a low performance in comparison with their daily performance. They also exhibited frustration and a high stress level. Current research in assessment in education shows several causes for this problem, including reliance on traditional assessment methods. A variety of authentic assessment tools, such as portfolios and rubrics, were used to assess the first grade students more appropriately. The students benefited from the assessments and had a greater understanding of their own learning. The classroom teachers and parents also benefited from the implementation of authentic assessments, in that a more accurate portrayal of the student resulted. Postintervention data indicated a decrease in students' frustration and stress level during performance assessments as compared to that experienced during standardized achievement tests. Performance and authentic assessment results gave teachers and parents a clearer indication of the students' progress, while the results of the standardized achievement tests were not as useful. Ten appendixes contain surveys, rubrics, and other materials used in the study. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables, and 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier and IRI/Skylight Field-Based Master's Program.