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An Assessment of Assessment [microform] / Russell Edgerton
Bib ID 5478556
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Edgerton, Russell
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1986 
20 p. 
Summary

Perspectives on educational assessment in U.S. higher education are offered. Assessment is viewed as a tradition of evaluation based on theories and methods distinct from those that underlie tests and testing. Assessment is part of a new movement toward more active teaching and learning that focuses on performance, multiple judgments about this performance, and feedback to the student. Rather than focusing on what students know, the emphasis is on the abilities required for effective performance. Assessment is increasingly being used with adult learners, occupational and professional programs, teacher education, and liberal arts programs. It is claimed that assessment is the label for a new state insistence that campuses maintain minimum standards and demonstrate what students are actually learning. It is the label for a renewed campus interest in collecting information about student performance that is useful for evaluating the effectiveness of programs and the overall campus experience. Testing and accrediting agencies face the challenge of developing measures of real attainment as opposed to tests that indicate how the student performed relative to others taking the test. (SW)

Notes

ERIC Note: Paper presented to the Annual Invitational Conference of the Educational Testing Service (October 25, 1986). Paper collected as part of the American Association for Higher Education Assessment Forum.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Academic Achievement.  |  Academic Standards.  |  College Students.  |  Educational Assessment.  |  Educational Quality.  |  Evaluation Methods.  |  Feedback.  |  Higher Education.  |  Performance.  |  Student Evaluation.  |  AAHE Assessment Forum
Form/genre Opinion Papers.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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