ERIC Number: ED476429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Designing Accountability Assessments for Teaching.
Schafer, William D.; Moody, Mark
This paper makes the case that mandated tests, such as those administered through a state's accountability system, can best meet the goal of curricular reform by making their domains of learning targets transparent to users. Test maps are proposed as an effective device to accomplish that goal. A test map describes the content of the test and how it is sampled to produce each form. To illustrate the use of test maps, modified to be used as a unifying device to express an achievement domain in unambiguous terms, the paper draws on the example of Maryland's assessment and accountability program. Following suggestions to develop test maps would have little impact on how tests are developed and scored, but it is suggested that they would have a large impact on how they are described and used, and ultimately on their effectiveness as agents of curriculum reform. The paper also makes some suggestions about assessment program design and product development in order to create an information-rich classroom environment that capitalizes on the new domain descriptions. An appendix presents information from the Maryland Web site about assessment limits in Biology. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Chicago, IL, April 22-24, 2003).