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Monday, April 16, 2012

eSN Special Report: Performance Assessment Making A Comeback In Schools

eSN Special Report: Performance Assessment Making A Comeback In Schools

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  • Learn how performance assessment is re-emerging as a better way to measure students' skills than a simple pencil-and-paper exam.
  • Discover a three-part framework for integrating performance assessment into your curriculum.
·         Learn the keys to success from other education leaders who are using performance assessment to better prepare students for college or a career.

Performance assessment is what teachers do every day when they grade students' projects and assignments, but often this work is not part of the high-stakes system that determines whether students are ready to graduate--or whether schools as a whole are making progress.
For a while in the 1990s, that was starting to change, as states like Connecticut, Nebraska, and Wyoming were developing large-scale performance assessment systems. But the dawning of No Child Left Behind "pushed aside" these efforts, because it was too costly for states to include performance assessment in their statewide accountability systems under the law, said Joan Herman, director of UCLA's National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.
Now, the tide is turning again.

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