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ERIC Number: ED466499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Pages: 118
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-884037-69-0
Critical Issues in Large-Scale Assessment: A Resource Guide.
Redfield, Doris
The purpose of this document is to provide practical guidance and support for the design, development, and implementation of large-scale assessment systems that are grounded in research and best practice. Information is included about existing large-scale testing efforts, including national testing programs, state testing programs, and collaborative initiatives of states and organizations working to address issues related to large-scale testing. The guide also describes resources for additional technical information, especially research findings related to reliability, validity, fairness, and bias. Also discussed are critical issues in large-scale assessment and the trade-offs involved in making decisions about these issues. The document is designed so that directors of large-scale assessment programs can select and use sections as appropriate. The guide contains these chapters: (1) "Overview"; (2) "How Different Purposes for Assessment Systems Make a Difference"; (3) "Matching Tests to Purposes and Uses: Accountability vs. Instructional Planning"; (4) "What Should Be Measured? When? To What Extent?"; (5) "How Many Tests Make an Assessment System?"; (6) "Sampling"; (7) "Norm-Referenced versus Criterion-Referenced Test Results"; (8) "Test Formats"; (9) "Test Identification and Development"; (10) "Test Preparation"; (11) "Scoring the Tests: Reliability, Rubrics, and Reality"; (12) "Validity--Making Accurate Inferences from Test Results"; and (13) "Special Populations." (Contains 8 tables, 11 figures, and 14 references.) (SLD)
Council of Chief State School Officers, Attn: Publications, One Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001 ($20). Tel: 202-336-7016; Fax: 202-408-8072; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.; AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.