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Author Wiggins, Grant P., 1950-

Title Assessing student performance : exploring the purpose and limits of testing / Grant P. Wiggins
Edition First edition
Published San Francisco : Jossey-Bass Publishers, [1993]


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 MELB  371.2640973 Wig/Asp  AVAILABLE
Description xx, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Jossey-Bass education series
Jossey-Bass education series.
Contents Machine derived contents note: Introduction: Assessment and the Morality of Testing. -- Assessment Worthy of the Liberal Arts. -- The Morality of Test Scrutiny. -- Testing and Tact. -- Incentives and Assessment. -- Feedback. -- Authenticity, Context, and Validity. -- Accountability: Standards, Not Standardization
Summary What is assessment and how does testing differ from it? Why will a move to performance tests, by itself, not provide us with an adequate system of student assessment? How might we better "test our tests" beyond the technical standards that now apply? And why won't increased national testing offer us the accountability of schools we so sorely need? In this book, Grant P. Wiggins clarifies the limits of testing in an assessment system. Beginning with the premise that student assessment should improve performance, not just audit it, Wiggins analyzes some time-honored but morally and intellectually problematic practices in test design, such as the use of secrecy, distracters, scoring on a curve, and formats that allow for no explanation by students of their answers. He explains how many test-design standards serve technical experts and their needs rather than students and their interests. And he discusses how useful and timely feedback is an absolute requirement of any authentic test. By showing us that assessment is more than testing and intellectual performance is more than right answers, Wiggins points the way toward new systems of assessment that more closely examine students' habits of mind and provide teachers and policy makers with more useful and credible feedback
Analysis Test security
United States
Notes First paperback edition published in 1999
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-306) and index
Notes In English
Subject Educational tests and measurements -- United States.
Educational Measurement.
LC no. 93029490
ISBN 1555425925 acid-free, recycled paper