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ERIC Number: ED502624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 46
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Assessment Portfolios as Opportunities for Teacher Learning. CRESST Report 736
Gearhart, Maryl; Osmundson, Ellen
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
This report is an analysis of the role of assessment portfolios in teacher learning. Over 18 months, 19 experienced science teachers worked in grade-level teams to design, implement, and evaluate assessments to track student learning throughout a curriculum unit, supported by semi-structured tasks and resources in assessment portfolios. Teachers had the opportunity to complete three assessment portfolios for two or three curriculum units. Evidence of teacher learning included (a) changes over time in the contents of 10 teachers' portfolios spanning Grades 1-9 and (b) the full cohort's self-reported learning in surveys and focus groups. Findings revealed that Academy teachers developed greater understanding of assessment planning, quality assessments and scoring guides, strategies for analysis of student understanding, and use of evidence to guide instruction. Evidence of broad impact on teacher learning was balanced by evidence of uneven growth, particularly with more advanced assessment concepts such as reliability and fairness as well as curriculum-specific methods for developing and using assessments and scoring guides. The findings point to a need for further research on ways to balance general approaches to professional development with content specific strategies to deepen teacher skill and knowledge. (Contains 10 tables, 2 figures, and 10 footnotes.)
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). 300 Charles E Young Drive N, GSE&IS Building 3rd Floor, Mailbox 951522, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1522. Tel: 310-206-1532; Fax: 310-825-3883; Web site: http://www.cresst.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing