"The educational experience can be enhanced by using assessment methods as techniques for evaluation and as guides..."Airasian, Classroom Assessment, 1991
A current trend is to adapt from a traditional assessment model to one that is more authentic.
Purposes of Assessment
Revealing the current status of the learner. Knowing what you know.
Diagnosing weakness. Knowing what you don't know.
Assimilating knowledge. Pulling it all together.
Using higher order thinking skills. Applying and synthesizing knowledge.
Current Demands in Assessment
Classroom level assessments: tests, portfolios, performance assessment
Teacher level assessments: certification, observation, portfolios
School level assessments
District level assessments
State level assessments: FCAT, Florida Writes, HSCT
The Application of Technology for Assessment
A good assessment system will allow everyone to have a shared understanding of what composes "good" work. With the application of technology the assessment structure can become more dynamic and interactive. The technology allows both students and teachers to become more involved in the assessment process, including development of ownership and control of the assessment, through their involvement. Technology in support of assessment can make work accessible, portable, examinable, distributable, and reviewable. Technology can not only provide support for traditional methods of assessment, it can also become the pathway to allow for the creation of new assessment tools and products.
ACEE/FCIT Assessment with Technology Workshop, 1998-1999