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Florida Department of Education, 2016
School grades provide an easily understandable metric to measure the performance of a school. Parents and the general public can use the school grade and its associated components to understand how well each school is serving its students. The school grades calculation was revised substantially for the 2014-15 school year to implement statutory…
Descriptors: School Districts, Guidelines, Grading, Annual Reports
American Institutes for Research, 2012
First introduced in 1965, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has evolved over nearly five decades, emphasizing education reform priorities that mirror the changing national education policy conversation. The most recent iteration of ESEA, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), was enacted in 2001. It emphasized improving…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Change, Guides
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Miller, Lynda – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2009
While formal, standardized assessment instruments provide valuable and necessary information about students' various abilities and skills, the use of informal and qualitative assessment approaches has the benefit of leading directly to instruction based squarely on an individual student's needs, strengths, and existing skills. This article…
Descriptors: Writing Improvement, Grade 6, Elementary Secondary Education, Student Evaluation
Guam Public School System, 2007
The purpose of this Annual School Progress Report is twofold: (1) to share information about the progress of Guam Public School System towards meeting education goals, which are embodied in the District Action Plan (DAP); and (2) to inform educators and the community at large about programs and activities that affect the quality of educational…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Education, Public Schools, Grading
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Robinson, Mitchell – Music Educators Journal, 1995
Maintains that issues of student assessment and grading are of particular concern to music teachers. Discusses and describes performance-based and alternative assessment techniques. Recommends the use of portfolios to determine student grades. (CFR)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Behavioral Objectives, Classroom Techniques, Competency Based Education
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Zimmerman, Enid – Art Education, 1992
Compares the use of standardized tests and authentic assessment to measure student progress and achievement in art education. Reviews a variety of authentic assessment models and techniques. Concludes that authentic assessment is a powerful measure of student achievement and teaching effectiveness. (CFR)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Alternative Assessment, Art Education, Cultural Pluralism
Liebars, Cathy – 1999
Alternative assessment ideas are presented in an effort to help teachers understand how and why alternative assessment is necessary. Suggestions for preservice teachers in mathematics that meet the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Assessment Standards are included. Portfolios and reflection rubrics are presented as possible…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education, Portfolio Assessment
Nagasaki, Eizo; Becker, Jerry P. – 1993
In Japan, assessment in classroom teaching cannot be considered apart from classroom lessons. This paper describes typical mathematics classroom situations and some of the developments in classroom assessment underway in Japan. The first section of the paper discusses classroom teaching, including whole-class instruction, discussion, objectives,…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Informal Assessment
Nickell, Pat – 1993
Alternative forms of evaluating student progress are changing testing or assessment in U.S. schools. From the teacher-made to the standardized test, the familiar over-emphasis on multiple-choice items is giving way to expanded generative formats in which students are called upon to demonstrate mastery through applications in which they use complex…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Educational Testing
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Habgood, Mary Kay – International Journal of Social Education, 1993
Asserts that the whole-language approach requires broader evaluation procedures most often associated with alternative assessment methods. Discusses issues related to alternative assessment, such as goal setting, portfolios, and interrater reliability, as they apply to social studies. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alternative Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods
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Harnisch, Delwyn L.; Mabry, Linda – Journal of Curriculum Studies, 1993
Reviews the increased attention to and skepticism about student assessment and standardized testing in the United States. Maintains that alternative assessment techniques such as the use of portfolios and direct assessment provide a more comprehensive evaluation of student achievement. Includes eight criteria for determining validity of…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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MacGregor, Ronald N. – Art Education, 1992
Reviews alternative assessment practices in several nations and questions whether these techniques should be used in the United States. Focuses on moderation, a technique in which trained evaluators adjust grades to ensure equitable distribution among participating schools. Concludes that evaluation in art education presents special problems and…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Alternative Assessment, Art Education, Educational Testing
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Perkins, Eugene – Social Studies Review, 1993
Argues that instructional strategies, like cooperative learning and inquiry-based learning, require new methods of evaluating student performance. Describes an assessment portfolio approach to student evaluation with four components: (1) a Decision of the Week; (2) a History Log; (3) Geo Storms; and (4) a Point-Counterpoint debate topic. Includes…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alternative Assessment, Classroom Techniques, Creative Writing