Designing an embedded assessment system: From principles to practice

TitleDesigning an embedded assessment system: From principles to practice
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsSloane, K, Wilson, M, Samson, S
InstitutionUniversity of California, Berkeley

In this paper, we discuss the principles guiding the design of the SEPUP Assessment System, describe the components of the full assessment system, and provide examples of each component to illustrate the ways in which the principles were realized in classroom and teacher tasks. We present four principles of an embedded assessment system, and discuss how they are to be developed through three aspects of development and implementation of the assessment system. We then describe the specific components of the assessment system that have been developed in SEPUP to realize these principles: a) the overarching framework of SEPUP "variables", which are the key concepts and skills that define the course, are reinforced throughout the year-long curriculum, and form the basis of the assessment system; b) assessment "blueprints" that guide the focus and placement of the assessment tasks; c) the assessment tasks and scoring guides, linked to specific variables; d) statistical and quality control procedures used to validate scoring procedures and produce measures of student performance on each of the variables; and e) feedback mechanisms, including variable maps that define student progress and performance over the course of the year. This paper provides motivation and an overview of the assessment system and the context for subsequent papers that focus on specific aspects of the system.

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