Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Early Childhood Education

College

College of Education

Abstract/Description

Assessment is defined as "almost any form of measurement and appraisal of what students know and can do." These forms can include, but are not limited to: tests, reports, observations, and questioning. There are two main subgroups used when describing assessment: trasitional and alternative. The term traditional assessment refers to a paper and pencil based test used to determine what a student knows and can recall, i.e. the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Tests (PACT). The term alternative assessment refers to "almost any type of assessment other than standardized tests." (McAfee & Leong, 2-3) This subgroup can be divided into various types of alternative assessments. Alternative assessment includes, but is not limited to, observations, checklists, student portfolios, and self-evaluations. The type focused on throughout this paper is authentic assessment, with the purpose of determining whether authentic assessment requires higher-order thinking skills than traditional assessment. The main focus of the paper is to determine which test shows more about what the student knows about the intended topic.

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