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Assessment in Elementary and Secondary Education: A Primer
Assessment in Elementary and Secondary Education:

 
Our Price: $20.00
By Erin D. Caffrey (au)
Year: 2009
Pages: 39
Binding Paperback

Product Code: 1437920063

Description
 
In recent years, fed. education legislation has placed an increased emphasis on assessment in schools. Perhaps most notably, Title I-A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), requires states to test all students annually in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school in the areas of reading, math, and science. These assessments are used as key indicators in an accountability system that determines whether schools are making progress with respect to student achievement. To receive Title I funding, states must also participate in the Nat.Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a standards-based nat. test given at grades 4 and 8. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states to use assessments to identify students with disabilities and track their progress according to individualized learning goals. Elementary and secondary school students also generally participate in many other assessments, which range from small-scale classroom assessments to high-stakes exit exams. This report provides a framework for understanding various types of assessments that are administered in elementary and secondary schools. It broadly discusses various purposes of educational assessment and describe comprehensive assessment systems. Common assessment measures currently used in education are described, including state assessments, NAEP, and state exit exams. The report also provides a description and analysis of technical considerations in assessments, including validity, reliability, and fairness, and provides a discussion of how to use these technical considerations to draw appropriate conclusions based on assessment results. Innovation in assessment is also discussed, including the development and use of alternate assessments and performance assessments. Finally, this report provides a brief analysis of the use of assessments in accountability systems, including implications for curriculum, students, and testing.

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