Four Metaphors We Need to Understand Assessment AP NAEP
Mislevy, Robert J.
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Paper prepared for The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education
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Advanced Placement Program (AP),
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP),
The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education
Different communities come to assessment with different metaphors dominating their thinking, and are grounded in familiar assessment practices more than on underlying principles. The author of this paper is asked to explore the conceptual foundations of assessment through the lens provided by these four metaphors (evidentiary argument, practice, feedback loop, and measurement) which are used as a ‘technical’ foundation for assessment, intertwined with but distinguishable from social and policy aspects of assessment.