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"Victor Cole" <>
Mon, 25 Feb 2002 14:20:07 -0500

Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues,

Here is the latest in the IT (Innovative-Teaching) Newsletter. This is a specially good one..... ASSESSMENT!!! Are you struggling with Rubrics? Are you considering other / alternative assessments for you and your students? For families? There is a lot of information here and not all of it is in accord. Pick and choice, click and peruse.



From : "Walter McKenzie" <>
To : <>
Subject : [Innovative-Teaching] Assessment Tools <February 24, 2002>
Date : Sun, 24 Feb 2002 12:34:06 -0500

The Innovative Teaching Newsletter
"Those who can.....teach!"

Assessment Tools
Volume 4, Issue 23 - February 24, 2002

presented by
Walter McKenzie - Surfaquarium Consulting
Innovative staff development:
Technology Applications, Multiple Intelligences,
Curriculum Integration and Creative Education.
Let's see what we can do for your staff!

The thorniest of educational issues, assessment conjures up images of wading
through piles of research and best practices in measuring student
performance. For some it is the key to ultimate education reform. For others
it is the tail wagging the instructional dog. Yet formative or summative,
standardized or authentic, assessment is an integral part of good
instruction. Ideally it is the part of teaching that offers feedback to help
us sharpen our instructional strategies. This weeks newsletter attempts to
offer resources that will help you achieve this ideal in your classroom.
Thanks to Jerry for his recommendations, as always. Enjoy!

Alaska Department of Education Sample Assessment Tools -
Here's an extensive collection of well-designed tools for Elementary
Language Arts. There's also Math/Science
<<>>, Social
Studies <<>>,
the Arts
niques <>>, and
world languages
ks <>>.

Buros Institute - <>
>From the folks who bring you the Mental Measurement Yearbook, this online
companion offers support in selecting appropriate instruments for conducting
intelligence assessments through review locators, test locators and an
online catalogue. It now includes test reviews online for a fee of $15 per

Creating Rubrics -
Teach-nology offers this "five-part series explores how one teacher designs,
refines, and implements rubrics in a variety of subject areas." Note
especially the articles on Analytic vs. Holistic Rubrics, How to Weight
Rubrics and Student-Generated Rubrics.

ERIC Assessment and Evaluation - <>
This comprehensive database of teacher resources focuses its energies on
assessment and student progress, providing you with definitive access to
materials available online. They have 400+ of the best books and articles in
full text in their library and free online access to articles from their
journal Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation.

Guidelines for Portfolio Assessment in teaching English -
Judy Kemp and Debby Toperoff present this excellent overview on developing
and effectively utilizing portfolios for assessment of student learning.
This site includes a rationale, definitions and criteria, effective
strategies and sample assessment tools, all free and available on this
scrollable site.

JobWeb Assessment Tools - <>
Looking for career and personality assessment tools free and online? This is
the place! There's career Key, the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, the
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (there's a fee involved on this one), and a
Personality Type Profiles Directory. Be sure to check out Kingdomality while
you're there!

Learning Record Online -
Subtitled "Beyond Portfolios", this University of Texas site offers a "model
that integrates research, assessment, and teaching and learning practices
for computer-enhanced literacy development." There's a thorough background
provided of the process including online forms, a schematic diagram and
timetable, exemplars and developmental scales, grades, and moderations.

Rubistar - <>
This free online service allows you to create rubrics using their
user-friendly templates so you don't have to reinvent the wheel. You select
and edit a rating scale, choose your content, and print it out. There's even
a way to save your rubric right on the site with an easy-to-access ID number
for future reference. If you like this service you may also want to try
Rubric Builder at

SchrockGuide: Assessment Resources -
A staple of Kathy Schrock's website from way back when, this page on
assessment tools includes authentic assessments, electronic portfolios and
report card comments and progress reports. There's also links to articles on
rubrics for further reading.

Secondary Assessment Tools -
The Baltimore County Public Schools offers this collection of ready to print
rubrics on the learning process, products, and reading and writing in
particular. Each assessment allows for both the teacher and student to
assess, and the flexibility of assigning possible points as appropriate.
Best of all, open up any of these templates in your favorite html editor and
you can quickly tailor it to be a digital tool, as well.

6 + 1 Trait Analytical Assessment Model -
The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory's model for rubric assessment
with a very nice approach to evaluating student writing, spanish writing,
reading, and oral communication. There are teaching strategies, lesson
plans, and some nicely designed rubrics in .pdf format.

Teacher Rubric Makers - <>
Teach-nology scores again, this time with a collection of more than twenty
different rubric generators, including behavior, writing, research, science
fair, lab report and timeline. Don't see one specifically suiting your
needs? There's even a general rubric creator that allows you to create your
own from scratch.

Texas Center for Educational Technology -
Here's all kinds of tools for assessing technology use in instruction,
including An Educator's Guide to Evaluating the Use of Technology in Schools
and Classrooms, the Profiler Online Collaboration Tool, the STaR Chart, the
Levels of Technology Implementation (LoTi) Questionnaire, and the Technology
Integration Progress Gauge.

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