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ERIC Number: ED525098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 54
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
District Adoption and Implementation of Interim and Benchmark Assessments. CRESST Report 806
Davidson, Kristen L.; Frohbieter, Greta
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
As an outgrowth of the accountability requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, districts are increasingly implementing "interim" or "benchmark" assessments. This report investigates various stakeholders' original purposes in adopting interim or benchmark assessments, ensuing implementation efforts, and actual assessment uses. We present findings from interviews with 24 district administrators and 14 principals in seven districts across two states and, where applicable, compare interview data from 30 teachers who participated in a larger study of classroom use of these assessments (Shepard, Davidson, & Bowman, 2011). District administrators often cited intentions that the assessments would be used to inform instruction. However, the realization of instructional purposes was limited by the type of information provided by predominantly multiple choice items, a lack of substantive professional development, and minimal coherence with respect to shared understandings of assessment purposes and uses across district, school, and classroom levels. Drawing from our results and other research, we provide recommendations for a successful interim or benchmark assessment system. Appended are: (1) Administrator Interview Protocol; (2) A Summary of Perie, Marion, and Gong's (2009) Framework; and (3) Substantive Codes. (Contains 5 tables and 16 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado