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Reflecting on Authentic Assessment and School Reform

reviewed by Walt Haney - 1996

coverTitle: Reflecting on Authentic Assessment and School Reform
Author(s): Linda Darling-Hammond, Jacqueline Ancess & Beverly Falk
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807734381, Pages: , Year: 1995
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In its lead article, the winter 1994 issue of the ERIC Review noted that much attention lately has been focused on alternatives to multiple-choice standardized tests or what has variously been called authentic, alternative, or performance assessment: Federal commissions have endorsed performance assessment. It's been discussed on C-SPAN, and in a number of books and articles. Full issues of major education journals, including Educational Leadership (April 1989 and May 1992) and Phi Delta Kappan (February 1993) have been devoted to performance assessment. A surprisingly large number of organizations are actively involved in developing components of a performance assessment system. (Rudner & Boston, 1994, p. 2) Authentic Assessment in Action is one of the first book-length account of how these forms of assessment are working out in practice in a variety of schools. The bulk of the book, apart from brief introductory and concluding chapters, consists of accounts of how "authentic" performance-based assessments of student learning were developed in five schools and how these assessments relate to teaching and learning... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 2, 1996, p. 328-345
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9631, Date Accessed: 7/30/2021 2:18:35 AM

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