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ERIC Number: ED479959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 57
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Authentic Assessment: It Really Works.
Engel, Monica; Pulley, Ronda; Rybinski, Amanda
A program was designed, as an action research project, to increase the retention of information through the use of alternative methods of instruction. The targeted population consisted of primary and intermediate students in a community in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. There had been a decline in standardized test scores, the increasing pressure was being put on school districts to increase test scores, leading to a focus on test items for teachers, rather than general content knowledge. A review of solution strategies suggested in the professional literature and an analysis of the setting resulted in the selection of alternative assessments incorporating lessons built on cooperative learning and performance tasks supplemented by checklists, demonstrations, investigations, learning logs, and reflections. Evidence supported the finding that the use of authentic assessment activities helped enhance the retention process. Authentic assessment tools and activities created more independence and assisted the students in developing their own learning. The transfer of knowledge became evident as students worked within the curriculum area. Data show that the authentic assessments helped students do well on standardized tests, and that they are a powerful tool for lifelong learning. An appendix contains the teacher survey from the study. (Contains 3 figures and 24 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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