ERIC Number: ED477933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Assessments that Empower Success: The Role of Technology, Conference Proceedings.
Axelson, Mary, Ed.; McGraw, Tammy, Ed.; McEntee, Sheila, Ed.
In November 2002, the Institute for the Advancement of Emerging Technologies in Education at AEL gathered education practitioners to help shepherd new assessments from the research laboratory to the classroom. Approximately 60 teachers and administrators attended the conference. The discussion focused on the possibility of aggregating formative data to meet the purposes of large-scale tests and attempted to develop a technology-based method of collecting and analyzing student outcome data to support testing decisions. A panel of forum presented offered an overview of research, specific examples of attempts to create new forms of assessment, and opinions about how the current state of research and the political climate combine to create an extraordinary opportunity to redesign assessments and make them more useful. Panelists agreed that the new systems require sophistication on the part of the teacher. Teachers and administrators in attendance wanted tools that were immediately useable, and it was evident that such tools do not yet exist. The gap between researcher needs and practitioner functioning is frustrating, but frustration is tempered by the attraction of the possibilities of new technology approaches. Panelists were: (1) John Bailey; (2) Linda Roberts; (3) Jim Pellegrino; (4) Eva L. Baker; (5) Christopher Dede; and (6) Lajeane Thomas. (SLD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.