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Variety and Drift in the Functions and Purposes of Assessment in K-12 Education LSA NRC SAT NAEP

Ho, Andrew D.
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Paper prepared for The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education
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The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education, Content Validation, Large-Scale Assessments (LSA), Formative Assessment, National Research Council (NRC), High Stakes Testing, Low Stakes Testing, Assessment Purpose, SAT, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Elementary Secondary Education


This essay reviews recent frameworks that differentiate among purposes of educational assessments, particularly purposes of large-scale, standardized assessments and reflects on the forces that shape the purposes of any particular assessment over time. The author uses this discussion to identify migratory patterns for modern assessment programs as they expand across purposes.

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