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Authentic reading assessment : practices and possibilities
Valencia, Sheila.
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Newark, Del. : International Reading Association, [1994]

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viii, 317 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Definitions and perspectives / Elfrieda H. Hiebert, Sheila W. Valencia, and Peter P. Afflerbach -- Literacy portfolios : windows on potential / Jane Hansen ; commentary / Robert J. Marzano -- Assessment and evalutation of literacy learning / Jan Hancock, Jan Turbill, and Brian Cambourne ; commentary / John J. Pikulski -- Rhode Island's literacy portfolio assessment project / Mary Ann Snider, Susan Skawinski Lima, and Pasquale J. DeVito ; commentary / Robert C. Calfee -- Portfolio assessment : experiences at the Kamehameha Elementary Education Program / Kathryn H. Au ; commentary / Ileana Seda -- Literacy portfolios for teaching, learning, and accountability : the Bellevue Literacy Assessment Project / Sheila W. Valencia and Nancy A. Place ; commentary / Kenneth P. Wolf -- A multilayered assessment package / Teri Bembridge ; commentary / Marjorie Y. Lipson --

California's new English-language arts assessment / Barbara Weiss ; commentary / P. David Pearson -- Redesigning teaching and learning : the Arizona Student Assessment Program / Mary W. Garcia and Kathy Verville ; commentary / Charles W. Peters -- The Maryland School Performance Assessment Program : a new view of assessment / Barbara A. Kapinus, Gertrude V. Collier, and Hannah Kruglanski ; commentary / Karen K. Wixon -- Realizing the possibilities of authentic assessment : current trends and future issues / Sheila W. Valencia, Elfrieda H. Hiebert, and Peter P. Afflerbach.
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Traditional assessment techniques and standardized tests no longer reflect what's going on in classrooms where reading and writing for real purposes are the norm. Authentic Reading Assessment presents nine case studies that demonstrate, how the challenge of reforming assessment can the met at the school, district, and state/provincial levels. The studies -- written by educators actually involved in efforts to create assessments that match instruction and yield an authentic picture of students' literacy development -- are framed by comprehensive introductory and concluding chapters that give the context of and challenges facing the assessment reform movement.

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Assessment is a complex and often political issue, and authenticity in such assessment, especially literacy assessment that closely reflects instruction and the nature of student literacy learning, is a focus of this text. It describes assessment projects from around the US that are attempting to address issues of authenticity and the challenge of changing our perspectives about assessment. The projects range from school-within-a-school projects to the reorganization of statewide assessment procedures and philosophies. One of the strengths of this text is the format of issue/project presentation followed by commentary that addresses significant contributions, issues, and concerns. The reader is lead to consider the issues embedded in authentic assessment from multiple perspectives. This text represents the thinking of the leaders in the field of literacy who are struggling with a very timely issue--authenticity in educational assessment and the issues and concerns that it raises, which are applicable to other curricular areas. Recommended for upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. M. W. Combs; University of Nevada, Reno