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  • 1. Assessing Learning Outcomes Week 1: Issues & Trends Course Number:IPT 652 Meeting time:T&TH 2:00 -3:50 pm

2. Topics For Today(this week)

  • Course Syllabus
  • Language of Assessment
  • Basic Concepts
  • Review of Policy and Politics
    • Issues and Trends

3. Language of Assessment

  • Important to have a Shared Understanding of Terms
  • Measurement,
  • Assessment,
  • Evaluation

4. What is Measurement?

  • Measurement is the process of assigning numbers that estimate the degree to which a person or object possesses some specified property, attribute or characteristic.

5. Measurement

  • Measurement is not classification.
  • To classify means to categorize or sort into unordered groups based on some unique aspect that usually does not vary in degree (e.g., race, grade level, SES, gender, membership)
  • Objects can be classified into categories representing different types or kinds of the object
  • Objects themselves cannot be measured
  • It is the properties of the object that is measured.

6. Measurement

  • Measurement always refers to the properties of the object or person
  • The Measurement Process assumes that the property being measured exists in varying degrees or amounts (issue of state or trait)
  • List properties that you could measure/categorize in
        • People
        • Schools
        • Students
        • Textbooks
        • Educational Programs

7. Measurement

  • Procedures for measuring human characteristics are often indirect
  • (observation of behavior, self report, tests)
  • Measurement is a human activity
  • Measures ALWAYS contain some error. The amount of error is a matter of degree. Some measures are better than others.[1-5]

8. Measurement

  • Measurement is not Evaluation
  • Measurement is not Assessment but is a part of the Assessment process
  • The purpose of measurement is often to differentiate between people or things to determine how much of the property each possesses.It can be formal and systematic, or informal and impromptu.

9. What is Assessment?

  • Assessment is a systematic process of gathering measurement data and turning it into usable information for a specific purpose.
  • A Test is one systematic method for collecting information about students and is a tool often used for assessment.

10. Assessment (in schools)

  • Assessment is a process involving measurement.
  • A Test is a particular type of assessment.[1-6, 1-9]
  • A comprehensive assessment involves a set of planned measurements(i.e., tests, observations, ratings)designed to provide evidence or information about a specific person or thing.
  • An Assessment may also be used to form a value judgment (evaluation).

11. What is Evaluation?

  • Evaluation is the process of making a value judgment about the about a person or object based on some set of assessment data.

12. Evaluation

  • Evaluation involves Judgment of merit and worth. It is by nature somewhat subjective.
  • Usually based on a set of criteria(what we value),individuals judge the goodness/quality of a thing.
  • For consistency, evaluation criteria used should be clearly defined and generally agreed upon(e.g., Who should receive an A)

13. Policy Trends and Assessment

  • How did we get where we are?

14. Question(choose the best answer)

  • Over the past 20 year, how many high school student performed above average on state standardized test?
  • Approximately 65-70 %
  • Approximately 50%
  • Approximately 25-30 %
  • No one really knows

15. Question(choose the best answer)

  • Criterion Reference Tests
  • Are used to compare students against curricular standards or expectations
  • Compare student achievement against all student taking the test
  • Are appropriately used to hold schools accountable for student learning
  • All the above

16. Question(choose the best answer)

  • Standardized Tests
  • Assess established content knowledge identified as important.
  • Are uniformly administered (conditions and procedures)
  • Are interpreted using relevant norms.
  • All the above

17. Issues and Trends

  • Federal attention to disparities in educational opportunity and success->call for better assessment and accountability
    • Title 1 School support ESEA (1965)
      • Expanded use of standardized testing
      • Accountability expectations not met
    • Minimum Competency Skills (1973 - 1983)
      • Most states adopted MCS requirements
      • Testing and assessment demands increased

18. Issues and Trends

  • Increased Reliance on Testing and Assessment
    • A Nation at Risk (1983) call for test based reform. (getting test scores up)
      • Teachers focused on skills tested, taught test-taking skills, used standard formats for practice.[see 1-15, p.11]
      • Cannell(1987) Lake Wobegon effect all states and districts report that the majority of their students were above national average.[p.6]

19. Issues and Trends

  • Standards Based Reform (1990)
    • Standards based assessment at acceptable(more substantial)levels[p.7]
      • Content standards what students are expected to learn in each subject area
      • Performance standards how well students are expected to perform / achieve given contend standards.
    • GQE and high stakes accountability
      • Students & educators, diploma type, grade promotion
    • Push to have all students included
      • Exclusion policy revised (accommodations)
  • Results in new approaches to assessment
  • (alternative, authentic, direct, performance-based, real-world)

20. Performance Based AssessmentBelief Base

  • What you test is what you get
    • Tendency to teach to the test(also to teach the test)
  • You do not get what you do not assess
    • Student learn what they are held accountable for
  • Conclusion
  • Make tests worth Teaching to

Resnick & Resnick (1992)[p.8] 21. Assessment in Schools

  • NCLB (2001) mandates that states(by 2005-2006)test all students in grades 3-8 and at least one grade in high school in reading or language arts and Mathematics every year.Science also by 2007. Goal for ALL student must be at grade level by 2014.
  • Purpose: hold schools (teachers) accountable for student achievement.

22. Issues and Trends

  • NCLB (2001) Increased Reliance on Testing and Assessment
    • Reinforces role of challenging content and performance standards
    • Holds schools, districts and states accountable for student achievement (AYP)
    • Requires 95% inclusion of eligible students
    • Expects that all students will be proficientby 2014

23. Assessment in Schools

  • The new ESEA program called Race to the Top
  • http://www.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/index.html

24. Issues and Trends

  • Race to Top Program (2009)
    • Enhanced standards and high-quality assessments
    • Rewards schools, districts for
      • Increasing student achievement , Decreasing achievement gaps, Increasing high school graduation rates, and Increasing college enrollment
    • Longitudinal data systems to track individual student growth (data driven decisions)
      • Improve instruction, identify need for PD, determine the effectiveness of instructional materials, strategies, and approaches for educating different types of students
    • Improving teacher and principal effectiveness based on perform