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Assessing Student Achievement in General Education


reviewed by Case Willoughby December 13, 2007

coverTitle: Assessing Student Achievement in General Education
Author(s): Trudy Banta (Ed.)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787995738 , Pages: 96, Year: 2007
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This collection serves as an important counterpoint to the controversial 2006 report by the Department of Education “A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education,” in which standardized testing to assess general education is recommended in order to provide for inter-institutional comparison.  In contrast, the collective thrust of the articles in this volume underscores that effective measures of student learning are critical, but that local measures are more successful than large-scale standardized testing in promoting student learning. Editor Trudy Banta’s introduction provides a very useful overview of the complexity of assessing the moving target of general education and the importance of raising those issues.   After the introduction, the volume includes articles published in the Assessment Update series from as early as 1990 to the present, recounting various initiatives to assess general education. These initiatives range in scale (single institution to nationwide), scope (individual generic skills such as... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 13, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14857, Date Accessed: 1/16/2018 8:22:37 PM

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  • Case Willoughby
    Hunter College, City University of New York
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    CASE WILLOUGHBY, Ed.D. is the Director of Advising Services at Hunter College, City University of New York and a former Class Dean at Columbia University. He holds a doctorate of education in higher education from Teachers College, Columbia University. His publications include entries in the encyclopedia of Higher Education in the United States. Additionally, he has presented widely in national student personnel and higher education conferences on topics including organization change, student retention, multicultural education, and student development.
 
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