ERIC Number: ED480275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Using Assessment To Improve the Quality of Education. Fundamentals of Educational Planning.
Kellaghan, Thomas; Greaney, Vincent
The purpose of this booklet, which draws on experience from all over the world, is to provide educational planners, administrators, and managers with analysis and information on using assessment to improve the quality of education. Assessment options and what research and other kinds of evidence reveal about their advantages and disadvantages are described. Consideration is also given to the effects of assessment on curricula, teaching, and learning. The focus of the booklet is on national and international assessments of student achievement, since these are regarded as important sources of information for education policymakers. Following the introduction, definitions of key concepts in current reform proposals are presented in chapter 2. Chapter 3 outlines characteristics of the kind of assessment that is proposed, with a view toward improving quality. In chapter 4, national and state assessments of student achievement are described. Chapter 5 focuses on various ways of variety of ways of describing student achievement, as well as ways in which information derived from national assessments. International assessments of student achievement are the subject of chapter 6. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Decision Making, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Utilization, Foreign Countries, International Education, National Standards, School Effectiveness, State Standards
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, International Inst. for Educational Planning, 7, place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France. Web site: http://www.unesco.org/iiep.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA).
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.