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ERIC Number: ED498529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
Recommendations for Building a Valid Benchmark Assessment System: Second Report to the Jackson Public Schools. CRESST Report 724
Niemi, David; Wang, Jia; Wang, Haiwen; Vallone, Julia; Griffin, Noelle
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
There are usually many testing activities going on in a school, with different tests serving different purposes, thus organization and planning are key in creating an efficient system in assessing the most important educational objectives. In the ideal case, an assessment system will be able to inform on student learning, instruction and curricula, and district and school administration, as well as providing information to identify and solve educational problems. This report represents the second of two deliverables provided to the Jackson Public Schools (JPS) and provides recommendations, based on ongoing discussions with the district and review of information from the benchmark assessments, on topics related to building a valid benchmark assessment system. The authors consider how item data can be used to improve benchmark tests over time and also cover what needs to be done to insure that results of a test are correctly interpreted, reported and used. The document includes two appendixes: (A) Sample Assessment Summary Sheet; and (B) Checklist to Use in Assembling Items into a Useful Test. (Contains 1 footnotes and 1 figure.) [The work reported was supported under the Stupski Foundation's Support of Assessment Development: Jackson Public Schools program.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi