The Assessment Debate: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2001 - Education - 232 pages
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In this comprehensive review of the wealth of techniques by which students can be assessed, Valerie J. Janesick points out that the politics of schooling often gets in the way of student progress. "High-stakes" standardized testing is frequently based on poorly constructed, unfair tests that encourage "teaching to the test," which actually impedes educational goals.

Authentic testing relies more on essays and writing samples, performances, demonstrations, and role-plays. Although it is fairer and provides a measure of student growth and progress, it requires more effort by teachers, who also require extra training. Besides discussing authentic assessment in detail, "The Assessment Debate" includes a chronology, an annotated directory of organizations supporting performance assessment, a list of state coordinators for testing reform, and state-by-state report cards.

 

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Contents

Introduction and Overview
1
THE ASSESSMENT DEBATE AND DISCUSSION
3
SOME HISTORY OF ASSESSMENT
4
EXAMPLES OF AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT
7
Evaluation of Your Writing
8
Analytic Rubric for a Question on an Essay Exam
10
Holistic Rubric for a Question on an Essay Exam
11
PORTFOLIOS AND ASSESSMENT
12
CONTINUING ETHICAL QUESTIONS REGARDING NORMREFERENCED TESTS
102
Is the Test Score Accurate?
103
ETHICAL QUESTIONS ARISING FROM WORK ON MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES
106
THE MANUFACTURED CRISIS
108
THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT
110
WHY STANDARDS AND TESTING ARE IMPORTANT WORDS
112
WHAT FAIRTEST IS TEACHING US
113
THE MAJOR PROBLEMS
115

Types of Portfolios
13
The Showcase Portfolio
14
Portfolio Contents
16
Sample Teacher Portfolio
17
Sample Doctoral Student Portfolio
36
Sample Middle School Student Portfolio
54
EDUCATIONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY
71
AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT IN TODAYS WORLD
79
CURRENT RESEARCH ON ASSESSMENT
81
The Value of Assessment
83
Examples of Authentic Assessment
85
SUMMARY
87
Chronology
89
POSTMODERNISM AND APPLICATIONS FOR ASSESSMENT
90
CHRONOLOGY OF THE ASSESSMENT MOVEMENT
91
The Standards Movement and Assessment
95
ETHICAL PROBLEMS WITH THE STANDARDS MOVEMENT
96
The Texas School Reform Case
97
Teaching for the Test
100
The New Discrimination
101
REFERENCES
116
Pulling This All Together
119
REMEMBERING KEY ASPECTS OF ASSESSMENT
120
Selected Resources
125
Articles
136
VIDEOTAPES ON PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT
146
WEB SITES WITH PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS
149
WEB SITES ABOUT PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT
150
SUMMARY
153
Organizations Supporting Performance Assessment
155
RELATED KEY ORGANIZATIONS
168
RELATED EDUCATIONAL GROUPS
170
A List of State Coordinators for Testing Reform
179
StatebyState Report on Assessment among States that Replied to the Survey
181
A Glossary of Assessment Terms
223
Sample Letter for Exercising Your Right to Information on Testing in Your State
225
Index
227
About the Author
233
Copyright

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Valerie J. Janesick is professor and chair of Educational Leadership and Organizational Change at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. She is the author of several books for ABC-CLIO.

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