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ERIC Number: EJ856139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Assessment from the Ground up
Wilson, Mark
Phi Delta Kappan, v91 n1 p68-71 Sep 2009
The Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center at the University of California is developing assessments that are as psychometrically sound as standardized tests and as instructionally relevant as teacher-made, classroom assessments. The BEAR system employs four principles similar to those outlined by the National Research Council: (1) a developmental perspective on learning; (2) a tight link between instruction and assessment; (3) management by instructors to allow appropriate feedback, feed forward, and following up; and (4) the generation of quality evidence to make inferences. In the BEAR Assessment System, these four principles are expressed as the four building blocks educators at Berkeley follow to create any assessment: a construct map, an items design, an outcome space, and a model for making inferences about student performance (what they call a measurement model). The process is iterative, which means educators are likely to move through all four building blocks several times as they design an assessment. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California