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ERIC Number: EJ1087555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1540-8000
Not as Easy as It Sounds: Designing a Balanced Assessment System
Chattergoon, Rajendra; Marion, Scott
State Education Standard, v16 n1 p6-9 Jan 2016
Many states and school districts are rethinking how they do educational assessment. A few are going further: attempting to build "balanced," "comprehensive," or "next-generation" assessment systems. At the same time, practitioners and researchers have long mulled the purposes and parts such systems should have. But just a few have thought deeply about what a system of assessment actually means. In the words of educational psychologist Theodore Coladarci: "A collection of assessments does not entail a system any more than a pile of bricks constitutes a house." This article focuses on building the house. For states that are building, evaluating, or modifying their assessment systems, the authors offer three criteria to look for: coherence, a theory of action, and efficiency. They developed these criteria after reviewing literature on educational assessment systems, and they have been applying them in work with state and district leaders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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