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ERIC Number: EJ791165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Revisiting the Blind Alley of Value Added
Banta, Trudy W.; Pike, Gary R.
Assessment Update, v19 n1 p1-2, 14-15 Jan-Feb 2007
The Commission on the Future of Higher Education appointed by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings issued a report in September 2006 entitled "A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education" [U.S. Department of Education, 2006(ED493504)]. Two key commission recommendations are stated: "Higher education institutions should measure student learning using quality assessment data" and "The results of student learning assessments, including value-added measurements that indicate how much students' skills have improved over time, should be made available to students and reported in the aggregate publicly" ( p. 23). Anticipating such recommendations, in its Spring 2006 issue of "Perspectives," the American Association of State Colleges and Universities issued the following statement in an article entitled "Value-Added Assessment: Accountability's New Frontier": "Value-added assessment allows true comparisons of the difference college makes to students across institutions and institutional types, instead of simply reflecting institutional resources and/or reputation" (p. 3). Interest in measuring what students learn in college and using one or a limited number of standardized instruments (thus permitting institutional comparisons) to do that has probably never been more intense. The purpose of this article is to raise some questions about the capacity of standardized instruments to measure gain, or value added. The authors describe the ways in which change or growth and development can be measured and summarize what experts over the past four decades have concluded about the reliability and usability of these approaches. (Contains 6 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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