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What is Transformative Assessment

Handbook of Research on Teaching and Learning in K-20 Education
The use of assessment to improve and enhance a program or institution.
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Assessment and Learning: A Historical and Theoretical Discussion
Catherine M. Wehlburg (Texas Christian University, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4249-2.ch047
This chapter has as its focus the assessment of learning. Assessing learning has taken many forms, and understanding its history helps to explain the educational systems that are in place currently. Defining the term, assessment, can be difficult because some definitions focus on diagnostic approaches that learning specialists use to assess learning disabilities or differences while others take it to mean evaluation. More recently, assessment has taken on an accountability emphasis. Assessment of learning may mean standardized testing that is mandated by the state. In higher education, assessment has a distinctly bureaucratic flavor, as it is required for accreditation. With assessment taking on this administrative focus, some of its value to improve the learning/teaching process is lost. This chapter addresses the history of assessment in education and provides examples of authentic assessment tools. Future trends in assessment are also presented.
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