Dietel, R. (2012). Goodbye to the number 2 pencil? Kappa Delta Pi Record, 48, 23-28.
Dietel discusses current standardized tests and ways that educators can improve testing to increase student learning. The author presents the important attributes of high-quality assessments (e.g., reliability and validity, alignment with standards, motivating to students, etc.) and then describes an assessment model of five cognitive demands/skills: content understanding, problem solving, metacognition, teamwork and collaboration, and communication. Next, Dietel provides examples of high-quality assessments and discusses the Race to the Top assessment programs of The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The author also describes advancements to the U.S. military's assessment system, noting the potential of these assessments to be used in K-12 education. Dietel concludes with recommendations for policy makers and practitioners which include making a long-term commitment to the use of new assessments, preparing schools for computer-based assessments, learning from past experiences with high-stakes assessments, and communicating and collaborating with practitioners and other stakeholders throughout the assessment design process.
Balanced Assessment System, Data Quality Assurance, Quality of Assessment Data