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Assessment

"The goal of assessment has to be, above all, to support the improvement of learning and teaching.  (Frederikson & Collins, 1989)

Assessment is an issue that is in the forefront of education at the moment.  Standards based education and how to measure achievement is a key issue in the media and the political arena.  It is important to be aware of the various viewpoints as well as the myriad ways that assessment can be done.  Look at the sites below for information and perhaps inspiration about assessment.

  •  Fair Test: The National Center for Fair and Open Testing

    •  Site Location: http://www.fairtest.org/

    • The National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest) is an advocacy organization to end abuses, misuses, and flaws of standardized testing.  This website questions standardized testing and offers innovative solutions and alternatives to this type of testing. This website is very interesting and informative especially on the topic of racial, class, gender, and cultural biases in standardized testing. How do you feel about standardized testing? Do you recall any biases in any standardized test that you have taken?

  •   Authentic Assessment

    • Site Location: http://mailer.fsu.edu/~jflake/assess.html

    • This website contains links to other sites on assessment. These links will help you to further research the topic of assessment. I hope you find this useful!

  • ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation URL

    • Site Location: http://www.ericae.net/

    • This website contains a wealth of information on the subject of evaluation and assessment. On this website you will find the latest research on assessment, methods of assessment, test construction, links to other sites, journal articles pertaining to assessment, alternative methods of assessments, and frequently asked questions on assessment and evaluation.

  • CRESST-The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing

    •  Site Location: http://www.cse.ucla.edu/

    • The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) website contains information on their latest research pertaining to K-12 assessment. I found this website to be most valuable. CRESST also has available assessment products such as video tapes and books that can be purchased.  

  • Understanding Authentic Classroom-Based Literacy Assessment 

  • Critical Issue: Assessing Young Children's Progress Appropriately

  • Assessment

    • Site Location: http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/as0cont.htm

    • 1. Click on "Assessing Young Children's Progress Appropriately". 2. Read through the section titled "Issues" and answer for yourself the questions at the end of the section. 3. Read through the "Overview" section. 4. Note that there are different ways to assess younger children compared to those at the primary level. 5. Click on "Abuses and Misuses of Tests For Assessing Young Children and read through that section. 6. Read through "Action Options". 7. Click on "Necessary Assessment Information". 8. Ask yourself ways you would be able to talk to the parents about the ways you use assessment in the classroom.

  • Standards and Assessment 

  • Interactive Response-Based Multimedia Assessment

    •  Site Location: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~nettlesm/irma/irma.html

    • 1. Scroll down to "Main Objectives". 2. Notice the first point that is being presented to you. That point will give you an idea for what assessment should be. 3.Scroll down to "Principles of Educational Assessment". 4. Ask yourself if you consider all of these points when assessing a student. 5. How effectively do you think you assess the students in your classroom? Could you improve the way you use assessment in the classroom?

  • Standardized Testing Data: Pre & Post Reforms

  • Student Assessment and Testing

  • Electronic Portfolio Planning Issues

  • Ask ERIC Lesson Plans site is a good site to search for lesson plans

  • National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing

    • Site Location: http://cresst96.cse.ucla.edu/index.htm

    • This site is funded by the US Department of Education and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Teaching. It's main focus is to conduct research on important topics related to K-12 educational testing.

  • Guidelines: Evaluating Assessment

  • Mathematics Toolkit: Student Assessment

  • Managing Assessment Information

    • Site Location: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/mathk7/appdmai.htm

    • 1)Look through these different sites and links within these sites. 2)See the numerous     different ways of assessing any age group in any area. 3)Find some that interest you and that you may use in your future career. 4)Look for the positive and negative parts of each. 5)Pick out the positive parts that you think would be effective in your setting and come up with your own way of assessing or grading the group you will be educating. 6)Come to class prepared to discuss some different assessments and to share your ideas.

  • Assessment and Evaluation

    •  Site Location: http://www.middleweb.com/ContntAssess.html

    • 1)Look through these different sites and links within these sites. 2)See the numerous different ways of assessing any age group in any area. 3)Find some that interest you and that you may use in your future career. 4)Look for the positive and negative parts of each. 5)Pick out the positive parts that you think would be effective in your setting and come up with your own way of assessing or grading the group you will be educating. 6)Come to class prepared to discuss some different assessments and to share your ideas.

  • Assessment & Curriculum tools for teachers from Strategic Learning Technologies

    • Site Location: http://rubrics.com

    • 1)Look through these different sites and links within these sites. 2)See the numerous different ways of assessing any age group in any area. 3)Find some that interest you and that you may use in your future career. 4)Look for the positive and negative parts of each. 5)Pick out the positive parts that you think would be effective in your setting and come up with your own way of assessing or grading the group you will be educating. 6)Come to class prepared to discuss some different assessments and to share your ideas.

  • Online Learning Record

    •  Site Location: http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/~syverson/olr/contents.html

    • 1)Look through these different sites and links within these sites. 2)See the numerous different ways of assessing any age group in any area. 3)Find some that interest you and that you may use in your future career. 4)Look for the positive and negative parts of each. 5)Pick out the positive parts that you think would be effective in your setting and come up with your own way of assessing or grading the group you will be educating. 6)Come to class prepared to discuss some different assessments and to share your ideas.

  • Designing Performance Assessments

  • Alternative Assessment

  • Forms of Alternative Assessment

  • Portfolios-Literacy Assessment

  • Non-Graded Assessment

  • McREL Standards for Learning

    •  Site Location: http://www.mcrel.com/standards/

    • he next stop is the website from the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning. McREL has received international recognition for this compendium of more than 600 pages on the identification and articulation of content standards and benchmarks. Discussion: Why do we need to think about standards when designing project based learning?  In the Content Knowledge: What are eight questions you should ask before implementing standards-based education at the local level?  Discussion: What is a "standard"? What is a "benchmark"? How do they correspond to "essential" and "unit" questions? In the Content Knowledge Table of Contents: Browse the standards and significant reports for the topic area of your choice.  In the Connections+: Read through activities and lessons in the topic of your choice to gains ideas of standards integration and implementation.  Readdress: Why do we need to think about standards when designing project based learning? 

This page was updated on:  04/10/02