In The Promise and Practice of Next Generation Assessment, David T. Conley presents the case for a new, comprehensive system of assessment using different measurements for different purposes. Changes in the purposes of education, he argues, demand forms of assessment that go beyond merely ranking students to supporting the ambitious aim of helping all students meet career and college readiness goals. Conley describes the interplay between assessment and learning, and shows how “next generation” approaches can produce results that are more effective in informing classroom instruction. Acknowledging the complexity and limitations of many of these novel approaches, he suggests that rather than relying on a system built on a single measure—high-stakes, multiple-choice tests—what is needed is a system that draws on a more diverse portfolio of personalized assessments. Conley provides several examples of programs, schools, and districts that are piloting next generation approaches, and describes the opportunities and implementation challenges involved in making this shift. With decades of experience in learning and assessment, Conley outlines how next generation models can support ambitious learning for all students.
About the Author
David T. Conley is a professor of educational policy and leadership and director of the Center for Educational Policy Research in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.
Table of Contents
1 Why a Next Generation of Educational Assessment?: New Ways of Thinking About the Nature, Role, and Purpose of Data 9
2 Comparing Current and Next Generation Assessment: Underlying Theories of Learning and Key Elements 23
3 Ten Principles of Next Generation Assessment, Part 1: Five Student-Centered Principles 55
4 Ten Principles of Next Generation Assessment, Part 2: Five School-Centered Principles 77
5 Creating Next Generation Portraits of Learners: Who I Am, How I Learn, What I Know 99
6 Next Generation Systems of Assessments: Examples, Programs, and Case Studies from the Field 125
7 Challenges and Opportunities: Integrating Next Generation Assessment at the Classroom, School, and District Level 147
8 Implementation Strategies for Next Generation Assessment: Nine Key Steps for Putting Changes into Practice 177
9 College and Career Readiness Profiles: Compiling Information from Next Generation Systems of Assessments 205
10 The Imperative for Change 229
About the Author 275