ERIC Number: EJ853795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
A Framework for Evaluating and Planning Assessments Intended to Improve Student Achievement
Nichols, Paul D.; Meyers, Jason L.; Burling, Kelly S.
Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, v28 n3 p14-23 Fall 2009
Assessments labeled as formative have been offered as a means to improve student achievement. But labels can be a powerful way to miscommunicate. For an assessment use to be appropriately labeled "formative," both empirical evidence and reasoned arguments must be offered to support the claim that improvements in student achievement can be linked to the use of assessment information. Our goal in this article is to support the construction of such an argument by offering a framework within which to consider evidence-based claims that assessment information can be used to improve student achievement. We describe this framework and then illustrate its use with an example of one-on-one tutoring. Finally, we explore the framework's implications for understanding when the use of assessment information is likely to improve student achievement and for advising test developers on how to develop assessments that are intended to offer information that can be used to improve student achievement.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Tutoring, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Educational Assessment, Formative Evaluation, Measurement, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria, Educational Testing, Educational Principles, Evaluation Utilization, Test Use, Educational Improvement, Evidence, Test Construction, Validity, Diagnostic Tests
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