Resources for Student Assessment

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CHAPTER 7
Assessment Basics
Everyone involved in K-12 education is working in an environment of mounting accountability pressures. Fortunately, the increased availability of assessment software allows teachers to try new and innovative assessment methods. These include computerized performance-based tests, portfolio assessments tied to rigorous scoring rubrics, and integrated technology and content area assessments. These methods can serve as models for assessment across the curriculum.When it comes to technology assessment, you are looking for options that support your educational priorities. You want to be able to measure
how well students use the technology available to them to learn academic content and
how well students can transfer that knowledge to the real world.

Accountability pressures also affect students. Increasingly, students are reporting fatigue associated with the amount of time they spend preparing for and taking standardized tests. In a recent survey conducted by graduate students for a teaching methods course, and reported in the Indianapolis Star, only 52% of student respondents indicated they tried their best on state tests, while 23% said they didn't try at all and 25% tried only sporadically (Gammil, 2005).

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