ERIC Number: EJ704106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 11
A Teacher's Guide to Alternative Assessment: Taking the First Steps
Corcoran, Carol A.; Dershimer, Elizabeth L.; Tichenor, Mercedes S.
Clearing House, v77 n5 p213 May-Jun 2004
Classroom-based assessment is the collection and evaluation of evidence of student learning, focusing on indicators of meaningful and valuable student progress. This type of assessment includes alternative forms of testing, such as performance tasks, which allow students to communicate or display mastery in different forms. According to Herman, Aschbacher, and Winters (1992), common characteristics for such assessments include (1) asking students to perform, create, produce, or do something; (2) tapping higher-level thinking and problem-solving skills; (3) using tasks that represent meaningful instructional activities; (4) involving real world applications; and (5) using human judgment to do the scoring. This article provides suggestions on how teachers can progress up the assessment ladder to incorporate more authentic ways of assessing student learning in their classrooms.
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Student Evaluation, Performance Based Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Scoring Rubrics, Portfolio Assessment, Check Lists, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5
Authoring Institution: N/A