Assessing Performance: Designing, Scoring, and Validating Performance Tasks

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Guilford Press, 2009 - Education - 355 pages
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A comprehensive resource for assessment practitioners, this book provides step-by-step guidance for developing, administering, scoring, and validating a range of performance tasks, including literacy and other types of proficiency assessments. The authors explore how to establish the purpose of the assessment and how to develop scoring tools, train raters, reduce rater bias, review scores and report results, and use item-level and test-level analyses to optimize reliability and validity. Clearly written and well organized, the book includes many practical examples and accessible explanations of concepts and statistical procedures. It encompasses the breadth of applications of performance assessment today, from educational testing and the credentialing of professionals to research and program evaluation.

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User-friendly features include:

*Checklists of activities to complete at each stage of a performance assessment

*End-of-chapter questions to facilitate self-study

*Annotated suggestions for further reading

*A quick-reference glossary of terms

*Examples drawn from multiple educational and professional licensure contexts

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About the author (2009)

Robert L. Johnson, James A. Penney, and Belita Gordon have been involved in assessment in writing, the visual and performing arts, and licensure and certification. Their research focuses on the scoring of performance assessments and methods to improve the quality of scores associated with those assessments. Their work has been published in such journals as the American Journal of Evaluation, Applied Measurement in Education, Assessing Writing, Language Assessment Quarterly: An International Journal, Evaluation and Program Planning, the Journal of Experimental Education, the Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education, the International Journal of Engineering Education, and Written Communication. ?

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