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
Rubrics! -- Great site to help you evaluate students most fairly and to help them learn to self-evaluate in all areas of English!
Rubrics for English Teachers To Save Time
6+1 Trait® Writing Scoring
Types of Assessment
Theory Meets Practice in Language Arts Assessment
Writing Portfolio Assessment
Assessment Guidelines - Introduction to the Online Version -- Valuable site!
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.
Rubrics! Great site to help you evaluate students most fairly and to help them learn to self-evaluate in all areas of Math!
Types of Assessment
Assessment in Mathematics Teaching
IN MATH TEACHING
AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT IN MATHEMATICS HOME PAGE
Assessment Strategies to Inform Science and Mathematics Instruction -- It’s Just Good Teaching
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!
Social Studies Rubrics
Types of Assessment
Rubrics! Great site to help you evaluate students most fairly and to help them learn to self-evaluate in all the sciences!
Alternative Assessment In Science
STUDENT PERFORMANCE IN SCIENCE--ERIC Digest
Performance Assessment Links In Science
Student Portfolios: Classroom Uses
Types of Assessment
Assessing Through Senior Exhibitions -- Great explanations, links and directions.
Performance-Based Teaching and Assessment -- A very insightful 27 page paper
Glossary of Assessment Terms
Authentic Assessment -- 23 excellent articles from the Coalition for Essential Schools
Assessing What Matters -- Worthy assessments should reflect the broader capabilities that students need to thrive in the 21st century.
Seven Practices for Effective Learning -- Teachers in all content areas can use these seven assessment and grading practices to enhance learning and teaching.
Classroom Assessment: Minute by Minute, Day by Day -- From clarifying intentions to engineering classroom discussions, these strategies define everyday assessment for learning.
Education Week on Assessment
360 Degree Assessment -- Resources to develop multiple sources of assessment, improving reliability
Exemplars: Standards-Based Performance Assessment and Instruction -- Great examples!
ASSESSMENT ISSUES in SPECIAL EDUCATION/INCLUSION
-- Critical issues and resources in assessment from Pathways for School Improvement
Assessment Reform: Are We Making Progress?
Assessment of Student Performance -- A study, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement
Assessment Reform, Equity, and English Language Learners: An Annotated Bibliography
Emerging Student Assessment Systems for School Reform. ERIC Digest
for Learning: 10 Principles
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.
Why Graduation Tests/Exit Exams Fail to Add Value to High School Diplomas
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.
California's High School Exit Exam Woes
Student Self-Assessment: Making Standards Come Alive
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.
FAIR TEST PRINCIPLES AND INDICATORS -- What do testing authorities say ought to characterize fair uses of tests?
Accountability: Other Web Sites
USING RUBRICS -- Extensive array of exemplar and how-to sites
Assessment in the Learning Organization -- Extensive online excerpts from an ASCD book!
IMPROVING AMERICA'S SCHOOLS -- Newsletter putting alternative assessment in the context of educational reform
AN INTRODUCTION TO USING PORTFOLIOS IN THE CLASSROOM
Portfolios in the Classroom: Using Authentic Assessments
EXAMPLES OF CLASSROOM BASED ASSESSMENT -- Alaska's adaptation of Kentucky's authentic evaluation techniques for both process and content in all subjects
LEADERSHIP RUBRIC -- Kentucky's tool for evaluating principals and other leaders
Establishing Curricular Priorities
National Tests and Education Reform: Are They Compatible? Critical Issue: Rethinking Assessment and Its Role in Supporting Educational Reform [Read links from this key page!]
ASSESSMENT TOOL KIT
LOOKING AT STUDENT WORK
THE AUTHENIC STANDARDS MOVEMENT AND ITS EVIL TWIN
WHOLE-CLASS SELF MONITORING
RUBRICS! Superb Site!
PARKER CHARTER SCHOOL [Click on "Curriculum & Assessment," and scroll down to your subject area. Click here for evaluation RUBRICS in your discipline.]
Assessment, Evaluation, and Curriculum Redesign
Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment
The Immorality of Giving tests for Grades in Teaching
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