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ERIC Number: ED502275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
The Status of Large-Scale Assessment in the Pacific Region. REL Technical Brief. REL 2008-No. 003
Ryan, Jennifer; Keir, Scott
Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific
This technical brief describes the large-scale assessment measures and practices used in the jurisdictions served by the Pacific Regional Educational Laboratory. The need for effective large-scale assessment was identified as a major priority for improving student achievement in the Pacific Region jurisdictions: American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap), the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of Palau (National Education Association 2007; Pacific Regional Advisory Committee 2005; South Pacific Board for Educational Assessment 2008). These needs assessment efforts made it clear that educators want information related to the adoption, development, and revision of large-scale assessments for use with the culturally and linguistically diverse students in the Pacific Region jurisdictions. To provide timely information about large-scale assessment across the Pacific Region, the study identifies for each jurisdiction: (1) currently used large-scale assessment measures; (2) whether the measures are norm- or criterion-referenced; (3) content areas assessed; (4) languages used in the assessments; (5) grade levels at which tests are administered; (6) frequency of test administration; and (7) when the tests are administered during the school year. Analyses indicate that all the jurisdictions implement large-scale assessments, using a variety of assessment measures and practices. The majority of the large-scale assessments are specific to the jurisdiction in which they are implemented, criterion-referenced, in English, and administered annually. (Contains 10 tables and 1 note.) [This REL Technical Brief was prepared for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) by Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific administered by Pacific Resources for Education and Learning.]
Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific. Available from: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL). 900 Fort Street Mall Suite 1300, Honolulu, HI 96813-3718. Tel: 800-377-4773; Tel: 808-441-1385; Fax: 888-512-7599; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific (ED)
Identifiers - Location: American Samoa; Federated States of Micronesia; Guam; Hawaii; Marshall Islands; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Achievement Tests
IES Funded: Yes