Assessing Student Performance: Exploring the Purpose and Limits of Testing
Assessing Student Performance: Exploring the Purpose   and Limits of Testing  -     By: Grant Wiggins
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What is assessment and how does testing differ from it? Why are performance tests, by themselves, not an adequate system of student assessment? How might we better "test our tests" beyond current technical standards? And why won't increased national testing offer the accountability of schools we so sorely need? In Assessing Student Performance, Grant P. Wiggins explores these questions and clarifies the limits of testing in an assessment system. He analyzes problematic practices in test design and formats that prevent students from explaining their answers. By showing us that assessment is more than testing and intellectual performance is more than right answers, Wiggins leads us to new systems of assessment that more closely examine students' habits of mind and provide teachers and policy makers with more useful and credible feedback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Wiley
Publication Date: 1999
ISBN: 0787950475
ISBN-13: 9780787950477

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"The most comprehensive and exhaustive treatise available on theimperative to change the ways we test and assess studentperformance...it will become a major reference work for supportersof student-centered assessment."
--Educational Leadership
"A 'must' book for the on-going debate on American schoolreform."
--Theodore R. Sizer, chairman, Coalition of Essential Schools
What is assessment and how does testing differ from it? Why areperformance tests, by themselves, not an adequate system of studentassessment? How might we better "test our tests" beyond currenttechnical standards? And why won't increased national testing offerthe accountability of schools we so sorely need? In AssessingStudent Performance, Grant P. Wiggins explores these questions andclarifies the limits of testing in an assessment system. Heanalyzes problematic practices in test design and formats thatprevent students from explaining their answers. By showing us thatassessment is more than testing and intellectual performance ismore than right answers, Wiggins leads us to new systems ofassessment that more closely examine students' habits of mind andprovide teachers and policy makers with more useful and crediblefeedback.

Editorial Reviews

"The most comprehensive and exhaustive treatise available on theimperative to change the ways we test and assess studentperformance...it will become a major reference work for supportersof student-centered assessment." --Educational Leadership
"A 'must' book for the on-going debate on American school reform."--Theodore R. Sizer, chairman, Coalition of Essential Schools
"In the current torrent of talk about testing, Grant Wiggins' bookconstitutes an essential contribution. Rooted in historicalknowledge, punctuated by acute philosophical analyses, and mindfulof policy issues, Wiggins lays out the rationale for authenticforms of assessment." --Howard Gardner, professor of education andco-director of Project Zero, Harvard University

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