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Geyer, Patricia – Social Studies Review, 1994
Maintains that California teachers are now responsible for preparing students for the new California Learning Assessment System (CLAS) test. Discusses the multiple choice, written response, primary source, and essay writing sections of the test. Provides suggestions for scoring essays and having students evaluate each other's writing. (CFR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Portfolios (Background Materials), Primary Sources
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Hansen, Bobbi – Social Studies Review, 1994
Asserts that assessment has become a leading national educational issue. Presents a chronology of events in California related to student assessment reform. Identifies the California Learning Assessment System (CLAS) three key elements: (1) individual student scores; (2) performance testing; and (3) curriculum improvement. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education
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Mead-Mezzetta, Shirley – Social Studies Review, 1994
Asserts that new student assessment methods incorporate more direct assessment of student knowledge and performance. Describes changes in student assessment in California as a result of state and federal reform efforts. Discusses classroom implications and the role of teachers using the new assessment techniques. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational Technology, Educational Testing
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Palmquist, Kristen – Social Studies Review, 1994
Describes the first administration of the California Learning Assessment System (CLAS) to fifth-grade students. Discusses the history of CLAS, types of questions employed, content coverage, methods of scoring, and reporting on tests results. Presents sample questions, student responses, and commentary on student performance. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education