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ASSESSMENT MATTERS! Toward Authentic Assessment

If education reform is to succeed, it will be due in large part to the reform of assessment practices. The sites listed below reflect educators' efforts to assess deeper levels of understanding, higher levels of thinking, and student performance on more life-like tasks. Most authentic assessment, as indicated by the links below, moves from measuring fact memory to measuring indicators of understanding and thinking skills. Thus reformed assessment is key to overcoming negative effects of Standardized Testing with its effect of influencing teaching toward lower level knowledge-without-context.


    ASSESSMENT by SUBJECT AREA

    English Language Arts

  1. Rubrics! -- Great site to help you evaluate students most fairly and to help them learn to self-evaluate in all areas of English!
  2. Rubrics for English Teachers To Save Time
  3. 6+1 Trait® Writing Scoring
  4. Types of Assessment
  5. Theory Meets Practice in Language Arts Assessment
  6. Writing Portfolio Assessment
  7. Assessment Guidelines - Introduction to the Online Version -- Valuable site!
  8. Dear English Teachers --Performance Assessment represents a change of thinking regarding the teaching-learning-assessment culture in the English classrooms. It requires teachers to re-examine their teaching and assessment practices.
  9. Assessment Resources

    Mathematics

  10. Rubrics! Great site to help you evaluate students most fairly and to help them learn to self-evaluate in all areas of Math!
  11. Math Rubrics
  12. Types of Assessment
  13. Assessment Resources
  14. Assessment in Mathematics Teaching
  15. ASSESSMENT IN MATH TEACHING
  16. AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT IN MATHEMATICS HOME PAGE
  17. Assessment Strategies to Inform Science and Mathematics Instruction -- It’s Just Good Teaching

    Social Studies

  18. Rubrics! Great site to help you evaluate students most fairly and to help them learn to self-evaluate in all areas of the Social Studies!
  19. Social Studies Rubrics
  20. Assessment Resources
  21. Types of Assessment

    Sciences

  22. Rubrics! Great site to help you evaluate students most fairly and to help them learn to self-evaluate in all the sciences!
  23. Science Rubrics
  24. Assessment Resources
  25. Alternative Assessment In Science
  26. ASSESSING STUDENT PERFORMANCE IN SCIENCE--ERIC Digest
  27. Performance Assessment Links In Science
  28. Student Portfolios: Classroom Uses
  29. Types of Assessment

  30. Assessing Through Senior Exhibitions -- Great explanations, links and directions.
  31. Performance-Based Teaching and Assessment -- A very insightful 27 page paper
  32. Glossary of Assessment Terms
  33. Authentic Assessment -- 23 excellent articles from the Coalition for Essential Schools
  34. Assessing What Matters -- Worthy assessments should reflect the broader capabilities that students need to thrive in the 21st century.
  35. Seven Practices for Effective Learning -- Teachers in all content areas can use these seven assessment and grading practices to enhance learning and teaching.
  36. Classroom Assessment: Minute by Minute, Day by Day -- From clarifying intentions to engineering classroom discussions, these strategies define everyday assessment for learning.
  37. Education Week on Assessment
  38. 360 Degree Assessment -- Resources to develop multiple sources of assessment, improving reliability
  39. Exemplars: Standards-Based Performance Assessment and Instruction -- Great examples!
  40. ASSESSMENT ISSUES in SPECIAL EDUCATION/INCLUSION

  41. ASSESSMENT -- Critical issues and resources in assessment from Pathways for School Improvement Schools
  42. Assessment Reform: Are We Making Progress?
  43. Assessment of Student Performance -- A study, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement
  44. Assessment Reform, Equity, and English Language Learners: An Annotated Bibliography
  45. Emerging Student Assessment Systems for School Reform. ERIC Digest
  46. Assessment for Learning: 10 Principles
  47. Anti-Racist Organizing in LA -- Members of the Coalition for Educational Justice explain the Los Angeles' multiracial group's origins, and its campaigns on issues such as high-stakes testing.
  48. Why Graduation Tests/Exit Exams Fail to Add Value to High School Diplomas
  49. What Does It Take to Graduate? What's in a test? -- Linda Darling-Hammond's article that asserts " almost nothing we do in the world of work requires recognizing one of several pre-selected responses to questions about a single fact or piece of information. Most jobs in today's knowledge- based economy require that we find, assemble and analyze information; write and speak clearly and persuasively; and work with others to solve messy problems that don't have predetermined answers.
  50. California's High School Exit Exam Woes
  51. Student Self-Assessment: Making Standards Come Alive
  52. LOOKING AT STUDENT WORK -- Fascinating sites reflecting recent efforts to take student work seriously as the focus for determining what needs to be done and improved in assessment.
  53. FAIR TEST PRINCIPLES AND INDICATORS -- What do testing authorities say ought to characterize fair uses of tests?
  54. Accountability: Other Web Sites
  55. USING RUBRICS -- Extensive array of exemplar and how-to sites
  56. PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT
  57. Assessment in the Learning Organization -- Extensive online excerpts from an ASCD book!
  58. IMPROVING AMERICA'S SCHOOLS -- Newsletter putting alternative assessment in the context of educational reform
  59. AN INTRODUCTION TO USING PORTFOLIOS IN THE CLASSROOM
  60. Portfolios in the Classroom: Using Authentic Assessments
  61. EXAMPLES OF CLASSROOM BASED ASSESSMENT -- Alaska's adaptation of Kentucky's authentic evaluation techniques for both process and content in all subjects
  62. LEADERSHIP RUBRIC -- Kentucky's tool for evaluating principals and other leaders
  63. Backward Design
  64. Establishing Curricular Priorities
  65. National Tests and Education Reform: Are They Compatible?
  66. Critical Issue: Rethinking Assessment and Its Role in Supporting Educational Reform [Read links from this key page!]
  67. ASSESSMENT TOOL KIT
  68. LOOKING AT STUDENT WORK
  69. THE AUTHENIC STANDARDS MOVEMENT AND ITS EVIL TWIN
  70. WHOLE-CLASS SELF MONITORING
  71. RUBRICS! Superb Site!
  72. PARKER CHARTER SCHOOL [Click on "Curriculum & Assessment," and scroll down to your subject area. Click here for evaluation RUBRICS in your discipline.]
  73. Assessment, Evaluation, and Curriculum Redesign
  74. AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT
  75. Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment
  76. The Immorality of Giving tests for Grades in Teaching
  77. GRADE INFLATION

CHAD OSBORNE

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