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Improving America's School: A Newsletter on Issues in School Reform - Spring 1996

Learning About Performance-Based Testing: Where Can You Turn?

In the past few years, information about performance assessment has burgeoned. Determining the right resource for a particular purpose can be challenging.

A good starting point is ERIC, the Educational Resources Information Center, which sponsors a clearinghouse on assessment and published an informative edition of The ERIC Review, called Performance-Based Assessment (Volume 3, Issues 1, Winter 1994). The Assessment and Evaluation Clearinghouse, located at Catholic University, 210 Boyle Hall, Washington, DC 20064 (202-319-5120), can also be reached via Internet at eric _ae@cua.edu. ERIC documents and information can also be obtained by calling ACCESS ERIC, 1-800-LET-ERIC, 1600 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850, whose reference staff can answer questions about the ERIC system, its services and products. ERIC personnel will respond to on-line inquiries sent via Internet to askeric@ericir.syr.edu.

The Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress completed a comprehensive study in 1992, Testing America: Asking the Right Questions, that sorted out many of the issues involved with assessment development and use.

The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) in Portland, OR has developed a 14-module, 45 hour introductory video series on classroom assessment, based on extensive research conducted over several decades. Information can be obtained by calling NWREL at 1-800-5467-6339.

The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing also has a 10-minute videotape called "Portfolio Assessment and High Technology" designed to introduce portfolios to school districts and teachers.

National Professional Associations, such as Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, among others, have also prepared reference materials, staff development resources, and can recommend consultants to assist schools and districts starting to change their assessments. In addition, commercial publishers have begun to develop and field-test performance assessments that can be purchased directly or customized to meet a local need.

Alternative Assessment Reading List

Accountability and Alternative Assessment
Joan Herman, 1992
$4 plus $1.50 postage and handling
UCLA/CRESST, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles,
CA 90024-1522; (310)206-1532

Implications for Diversity in Human Characteristics
for Authentic Assessment

Edmund Gordon, 1991
$2 plus $1.50 postage and handling
UCLA/CRESST, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles,
CA 90024-1522; (310)206-1532

Expanding Student Assessment
Vito Perrone, editor, 1991
$14.95
ASCD Stock No.

Mathematics Assessment: Myths, Models, Good
Questions, and Practical Suggestions

Jean Kerr Stenmark, editor, 1991
$8.50
NCTM, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091;
(703)620-9840

Measuring Up: Prototypes for Mathematics
Assessment

Mathematical Sciences Education Board, 1993
$14.95 for the full report; $3.95 for the policy brief.
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue
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