Taking Stock of Performance Assessments in Teaching
Issues in Teacher Education 2009, Spring, 18, 1
Issues in Teacher Education
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For the past twenty years, approximately a human generation, educators, policy makers, and psychometricians have been developing performance assessments of teaching. From rudimentary portfolios to legally defensible assessment systems, the field has traversed a fair distance for their efforts. This generational moment provides an opportunity to take stock of what may still stretch ahead. Certainly critics and critiques remain. Some argue that the "it" of teaching cannot be defined with sufficient clarity to be assessed. As in golf, the critique goes, some highly successful golfers use a swing that no one would ever teach. If a golf swing, so much less complicated and involving only a single golfer (a golf score does not depend upon how the gallery responds to the swing) cannot be thus defined, how can teaching? The pressures to improve one's golf score, however, do not compare to the pressures to increase the life options of children in the care of teachers, so the demands for an assessment are not likely to abate.
- Category: Education
- Published: Mar 22, 2009
- Publisher: Caddo Gap Press
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 7 Pages
- Language: English