Assessment and Evaluation

Theme: Options in Assessment and Standardized Testing

Overview of Concepts:

  • Assessment Planning
  • Developing Classroom Tests
  • Performance Assessment
  • Standardized Tests and Scores
  • Testing and Accountability

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how assessment is used in educational decision making
  • Explain why developing an assessment plan is important
  • Discuss the importance of grading procedures
  • Discuss the importance of validity, reliability, fairness/equivalence, and practicality in test construction
  • Explain how test blueprint is used to develop a good test
  • Discuss the usefulness of various test item formats and scoring considerations
  • Describe the benefits of item analysis
  • Define performance assessment and examples of formative and summative assessment
  • Define authentic assessment and the characteristics
  • Describe the purpose of standardized tests
  • Explain the difference between criterion-referenced and norm-referenced
  • Explain normal distribution
  • Explain validity and reliability of standardized tests
  • Explain how NCLB is considered high-stakes, and 3 problems with the law
  • Explain how teachers can avoid the 6 negative outcomes of high-stakes testing
  • Explain how accommodations improve validity of test scores
  • Explain the difference between test fairness and test bias