- vi, 279 pages ; 23 cm
- Contents: Chapter 1. Why a next generation of educational assessments?: new ways of thinking about the nature, role, and purpose of data -- Chapter 2. Comparing current and next generation assessments: underlying theories of learning and key elements -- Chapter 3. Principles of next generation assessments, part 1: student-centered principles -- Chapter 4. Principles of next generation assessments, part 2: school-centered principles -- Chapter 5. Creating next generation portraits of learners: who i am, how i learn, what i know -- Chapter 6. Next generation systems of assessment: examples, programs, and case studies from the field -- Chapter 7. Challenges and opportunities: integrating next generation assessments at the classroom, school, and district level -- Chapter 8. Implementation strategies for next generation assessments: key steps for putting changes into practice -- Chapter 9. College and career readiness profiles: compiling information from next generation assessments -- Chapter 10. The imperative for change.Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-269) and index.Summary: 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 aims 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--back cover.