How can we use the data from tests and assessments to improve student learning and teacher practice? This area contains research articles and resources related to analyzing data to better understand student learning, helping parents understand the standardized tests and results, viewing the pros and cons related to standardized
testing, and ways other than tests to assess student learning.
Assessment of problem based learning
Because instruction and learning is different in problem based settings than traditional instruction, problem based learning provides a quandry for many instructors at student evaluation. This web page examines two separate factors: assessing students to determine their grade in a problem based learning curriculum; and depicting results from studies that have focused on assessing the value of problem based learning curricula.
Using Expected Growth Size Estimates to Summarize Test Score Changes
This article describes two less commonly used approaches for examining change in test scores, namely Standardized Growth Estimates and Effect Sizes. Aspects of these two approaches are combined and applied to the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to demonstrate the utility of using a third method, termed Expected Growth Size, to examine change in test scores.
Educational Measurement Scholar Seeks Answers in a World of Data
This link connects to a new teacher publication of Michigan State University and an article about.. Mehrens, who is a professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, has specialized in educational testing and measurement.
Introduction to Electronic Portfolios
This presentation, which has been given in several national and international conferences, is one starting point for discussion about electronic portfolios such as the eFolio, by David Gibson.
Practical Ideas on Alternative Assessment for ESL Students. ERIC Digest.
"Many educators have come to recognize that alternative assessments are an important means of gaining a dynamic picture of students' academic and linguistic development. "Alternative assessment refers to procedures and techniques which can be used within the context of instruction and can be easily incorporated into the daily activities of the school or classroom" (Hamayan, 1995, p.
Authentic Assessment (Coalition of Essential Schools)
Authentic assessment asks students to apply their knowledge and skills in the same way they would be used in the "real world". The assessment is performance-based and requires each student to exhibit their in-depth knowledge and understanding through a demonstration of mastery.
Assessment in Kindergarten
Besides needing to report students' growth to family through progress reports, report cards, and conferences, assessments taken in Kindergarten are essential to gaining insight into how much students are growing and learning in your kindergarten program and to adjust the way you teach to better meet their needs. Kindergarten teachers tend to assess in a variety of ways.
Assessment in Music (Texas Framework)
The pages in this web site discuss internal assessment, developed within the school, and external assessment, developed outside the school but often required, and how they can be combined to help students and teachers better assess music learning.
Assessing Digital Videos
Assessing student produced digital video requires the same amount of preparation and consideration as other more traditional assignments. You will find ideas for assessing student produced digital video in this area including links to sites that allow you to customize rubrics to fit a specific project.
Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation
Manuscripts published in Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation are scholarly syntheses of research and ideas about issues and practices in education. They are designed to help members of the community keep up-to-date with effective methods, trends and research developments.
This powerpoint about an application from DaulSoft of Korea describes a classroom level assessment and communication tool.
Summarizing Change in Test Scores:
This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of three commonly used methods: Change in Percentile Rank, Scale or Raw Score Change, and Percent Change.
Madison District Assessment Policy
The purpose of this web site is to provide stakeholders involved with educational assessment within the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) a consistent foundation upon which to base their assessment practice. The site has a section on philosophy and another section on standards for practice.
Assessments and Accountability
Adapted for "Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation" online, with permission of Robert L. Linn and the American Educational Research Association, from Linn, R.
This powerpoint outlines a vision and framework elements for assessment facilitated by technology.
Interpreting Test Scores for Compensatory Education Students.
To follow the rules and regulations of compensatory education programs correctly, you must use objective measures when you select students for programs, assess their progress, and monitor the program's quality. Because you have this pressure to use standardized test scores, you should make sure that you use the tests correctly.
This link provides a "list of ERIC definitions for concepts related to alternative assessment is from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation . These terms may be used as descriptors or identifiers when searching the ERIC database.