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Assessment Tools
Volume 4, Issue 23 - February 24, 2002

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The thorniest of educational issues, assessment conjures up images of wading through piles of research and best practices in measuring student performance. For some it is the key to ultimate education reform. For others it is the tail wagging the instructional dog. Yet formative or summative, standardized or authentic, assessment is an integral part of good instruction. Ideally it is the part of teaching that offers feedback to help us sharpen our instructional strategies. This weeks newsletter attempts to offer resources that will help you achieve this ideal in your classroom. Thanks to Jerry for his recommendations, as always. Enjoy!

  • Alaska Department of Education Sample Assessment Tools - http://www.educ.state.ak.us/tls/frameworks/langarts/42tools.htm
    Here's an extensive collection of well-designed tools for Elementary Language Arts. There's also Math/Science <http://www.educ.state.ak.us/tls/frameworks/mathsci/ms5_2as1.htm>, Social Studies <http://www.educ.state.ak.us/tls/frameworks/sstudies/part4a3.htm>, the Arts <http://www.educ.state.ak.us/tls/frameworks/arts/6assess1.htm#assessmenttechniques>, and world languages <http://www.educ.state.ak.us/tls/frameworks/wrldlang/wlinstr2.html#SampleTasks>.
  • Buros Institute - http://www.unl.edu/buros/
    From the folks who bring you the Mental Measurement Yearbook, this online companion offers support in selecting appropriate instruments for conducting intelligence assessments through review locators, test locators and an online catalogue. It now includes test reviews online for a fee of $15 per title.
  • Creating Rubrics - http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-4521.html
    Teach-nology offers this "five-part series explores how one teacher designs, refines, and implements rubrics in a variety of subject areas." Note especially the articles on Analytic vs. Holistic Rubrics, How to Weight Rubrics and Student-Generated Rubrics.
  • ERIC Assessment and Evaluation - http://ericae.net/
    This comprehensive database of teacher resources focuses its energies on assessment and student progress, providing you with definitive access to materials available online. They have 400+ of the best books and articles in full text in their library and free online access to articles from their journal Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation.
  • Guidelines for Portfolio Assessment in teaching English - http://www.etni.org.il/ministry/portfolio/default.html
    Judy Kemp and Debby Toperoff present this excellent overview on developing and effectively utilizing portfolios for assessment of student learning. This site includes a rationale, definitions and criteria, effective strategies and sample assessment tools, all free and available on this scrollable site.
  • JobWeb Assessment Tools - http://www.jobweb.com/catapult/assess.htm
    Looking for career and personality assessment tools free and online? This is the place! There's career Key, the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (there's a fee involved on this one), and a Personality Type Profiles Directory. Be sure to check out Kingdomality while you're there!
  • Learning Record Online - http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/~syverson/olr/index.html
    Subtitled "Beyond Portfolios", this University of Texas site offers a "model that integrates research, assessment, and teaching and learning practices for computer-enhanced literacy development."
    There's a thorough background provided of the process including online forms, a schematic diagram and timetable, exemplars and developmental scales, grades, and moderations.
  • Rubistar - http://rubistar.4teachers.org/
    This free online service allows you to create rubrics using their user-friendly templates so you don't have to reinvent the wheel. You select and edit a rating scale, choose your content, and print it out. There's even a way to save your rubric right on the site with an easy-to-access ID number for future reference. If you like this service you may also want to try Rubric Builder at http://landmark-project.com/classweb/tools/rubric_builder.php3.
  • SchrockGuide: Assessment Resources - http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/assess.html
    A staple of Kathy Schrock's website from way back when, this page on assessment tools includes authentic assessments, electronic portfolios and report card comments and progress reports. There's also links to articles on rubrics for further reading.
  • Secondary Assessment Tools - http://www.bcpl.net/~sullivan/modules/tips/assess_sec.html
    The Baltimore County Public Schools offers this collection of ready to print rubrics on the learning process, products, and reading and writing in particular. Each assessment allows for both the teacher and student to assess, and the flexibility of assigning possible points as appropriate. Best of all, open up any of these templates in your favorite html editor and you can quickly tailor it to be a digital tool, as well.
  • 6 + 1 Trait Analytical Assessment Model - http://www.nwrel.org/assessment/department.asp?d=1
    The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory's model for rubric assessment with a very nice approach to evaluating student writing, spanish writing, reading, and oral communication. There are teaching strategies, lesson plans, and some nicely designed rubrics in .pdf format.

  • Teacher Rubric Makers - http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/rubrics/
    Teach-nology scores again, this time with a collection of more than twenty different rubric generators, including behavior, writing, research, science fair, lab report and timeline. Don't see one specifically suiting your needs? There's even a general rubric creator that allows you to create your own from scratch.
  • Texas Center for Educational Technology - http://www.tcet.unt.edu/START/assess/tools.htm
    Here's all
    kinds of tools for assessing technology use in instruction, including An Educator's Guide to Evaluating the Use of Technology in Schools and Classrooms, the Profiler Online Collaboration Tool, the STaR Chart, the Levels of Technology Implementation (LoTi) Questionnaire, and the Technology Integration Progress Gauge.

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