This 4 volume set brings together key articles from the literature providing theoretical discussion and reporting research in student assessment throughout the range from pre-school to post-school education. The range of purposes, procedures, policies and properties of assessment are covered in the four volumes. The articles cover issues and practices of wide general application to provide an unparalleled resource.
Volume 1, Assessment Roles and Purposes, focuses on the role that assessment and testing can take in education. It includes some key articles on a major theme of the 1990s and early 21st century, that of using assessment to help teaching and learning, and on how assessment for this use may or may not be related to other uses, such as for reporting on learning.
Volume 2, Methods and Technical Issues in Assessment, brings together studies of different ways of conducting assessment going beyond testing, and some that are designed to assess a range of competencies such as problem-solving, learning dispositions and critical thinking. Related issues of validity and reliability are also included.
Volume 3, National and International Assessment, includes articles on the methods, design and use of findings of national surveys, such as NAEP and the APU, and international surveys of the IEA and OECD. Related issues about standards, and the interpretation and reporting of results are also discussed.
Volume 4, Assessment Policies and Systems, considers how assessment and testing for a particular purpose impacts on students, teachers and on other parts of an assessment system. It includes matters relating to equity and the high stakes use of test scores for accountability.