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ERIC Number: ED564354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Comprehensive Assessment Systems: Purposes and Implementation. Research Watch. E&R Report No. 11.10
Troy, Talbot
Wake County Public School System
A comprehensive assessment system is one in which three types of assessments: summative, benchmark, and formative assessments are routinely administered to all students in K-12 classrooms. The first part of this report summarizes the research on comprehensive assessment systems and provides clarity in terms of how each individual assessment type is defined; and the purpose of each assessment type in a comprehensive system. The second half of this report provides practical implications for districts that are considering developing comprehensive assessment systems. In summary, school administrators should have a good sense of the qualities they want in assessment systems and in individual items and, if purchasing products from a vendor, should scrutinize vendors' claims about reliability, validity, and alignment with state content standards. Finally, districts should proceed carefully when developing and deploying comprehensive assessment systems.
Wake County Public School System. 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, NC 27518. Tel: 919-431-7215; Fax: 919-431-7193; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), Evaluation and Research Department
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; Rhode Island