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Davidson, Jill – Theory Into Practice, 2009
Exhibitions are public demonstrations of mastery that occur at culminating moments, such as at the conclusion of a unit of study, the transition from one level of schooling to the next, and graduation. Exhibitions require students to speak publicly, use evidence, present engaging visual displays, and otherwise demonstrate mastery to educators,…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation
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Shields, Carolyn M. – Theory into Practice, 1997
Examines the usefulness of accountability measures for student achievement as empowerment tools for all students, providing examples from Native American schools. The paper posits the need for understanding current standardized testing, demonstrates how content currently tested can help increase the utility of instructional programs, and advocates…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, American Indian Education, American Indians
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Baker, Eva L. – Theory into Practice, 1997
Discusses values ascribed to performance assessment and recent criticisms of assessment and suggests model-based performance assessment for remedying and avoiding these criticisms. The paper explains the merits of a systematic approach to developing performance assessments and rubrics based on general models across ages and subject areas for…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Models
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Mitchell, Karen J. – Theory into Practice, 1997
Addresses the discord between school-reform efforts and many jurisdictions' accountability requirements. The paper explores the elements of school accountability systems that aid and impede innovative practice. Information comes from principals at 20 reforming schools who spoke about the impact of accountability tests on school reform. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education
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Borko, Hilda – Theory into Practice, 1997
Describes efforts to help teachers learn to use new math and reading assessments in their classrooms, highlighting characteristics of professional development that successfully foster change in teachers' ideas and practice. After describing a multi-year staff development/research project on assessment, the paper discusses factors that support and…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Niemi, David – Theory into Practice, 1997
Cognitive science research has created considerable change in people's understanding of what learning is and how it happens. This change has implications for teaching, learning, and assessment. To develop students' deep understanding of a subject, teachers must understand cognitive theories of learning and apply them in their classroom-assessment…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Educational Theories, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students
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Wooster, Judith S. – Theory into Practice, 1993
State and local mandates are important considerations for preservice and inservice teacher education, offering teacher educators a way to provide teachers with global perspectives. The article describes characteristics of mandates in global education and notes that performance-based assessment is effective in preparing teachers to implement global…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Global Approach
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Butler, Frances A.; Stevens, Robin – Theory into Practice, 1997
Uses oral-language skills assessment to illustrate sound classroom assessment practices, stressing interrelationships among teaching, learning, and assessment and viewing assessment as a continual, ongoing reference in a dynamic process, not an end in itself. Describes supportive classroom environments, explains oral language profiles, and…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Communication Skills, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education