ERIC Identifier: ED385609
Publication Date: 1995-10-00
Author: Drake, Liselle - Rudner, Lawrence
Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation Washington DC.
Assessment & Evaluation on the Internet. ERIC/AE Digest.
With tens of thousands of information providers and millions of users,
Internet is an enormous and growing resource for measurement professionals,
researchers, curriculum developers, evaluation personnel and others involved or
interested in assessment issues. The task for busy professionals is to be able
to rapidly identify Internet resources so they can be efficiently incorporated
in their work.
In this digest, we identify Internet resources of particular interest to the
assessment community. Gopher sites and web sites are identified and discussed.
GOPHER AND WORLD WIDE WEB SITES
Gophers are menu-driven
systems providing access to a wide range of information. Often you can access
Gopher from a mainframe system prompt by typing GOPHER and the gopher address,
e.g. GOPHER GOPHER.CUA.EDU. The World Wide Web (WWW) is an Internet service
which presents information using hypertext and, with the appropriate software,
fonts and images. Netscape, Lynx, and Mosaic are popular software packages for "browsing" the web. Where available, we also provide WWW addresses. They are in
parens and begin with "http://".
AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (AERA)
info.asu.edu/ASU Affiliate Organizations/AERA
AERA is a professional organization comprised of scholars in all of the
social sciences related to educational research. AERA offers its divisions and
SIG's (Special Interest Groups), descriptions of its fourteen listservs,
publications, and an enormously valuable file entitled, "Resources from Around
the World for Educational Researchers." Division D is concerned with measurement
and methodology and Division H addresses evaluation concerns.
AMERICAN EVALUATION ASSOCIATION
This home page contains information about AEA sponsored listservs and
provides direct web access to the files available on the AEA file server. Of
special interest are an evaluation job bank, the program evaluation standards,
and the personnel evaluation standards.
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
info.asu.edu/ASU Campus-Wide information/College of Education/Other Education
Every professional in education should know this gopher site and have it in
their bookmark file. Gene V Glass has created a comprehensive and well-organized
set of directories covering all aspects of education. Some of the fifteen menu
options cover: Best of the Internet for Educators; Centers, Laboratories and
Clearinghouses for Education; Full text Electronic Journals; Resources for K-12
Education; as well as Scholarly Resources for Educational Research and
Technology in Education.
BUROS INSTITUTE OF MENTAL
By providing professional assistance, expertise, and information to users of
commercially published tests, the Institute promotes meaningful and appropriate
test selection, utilization, and practice. Their web site features information
about the Institute, articles to promote responsible test use, and the Buros
Test Review Locator. The Locator is a joint project with ERIC/AE (below) which
can help you identify which of the Institute's publications reference particular
ERIC CLEARINGHOUSE ON ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
gopher to gopher.cua.edu/Special Resources/ERIC Clearinghouse on
Assessment and Evaluation (http://www.cua.edu/www/ericmae/)
At the ERIC/AE Web and Gopher sites, you will find measurement and evaluation
news; full text resources including books, essays, and newsletters on assessment
and evaluation; test schedules of major standardized tests; the Test Locator;
places to search ERIC databases; descriptions of major testing projects;
materials pertaining to Goals 2000 and world class standards; and pointers to
other gopher sites containing assessment and evaluation information.
Of special interest is the Test Locator Service, a collaborative effort of
ERIC, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the Buros Institute, and Pro-Ed
Publishers. The Test Locator contains descriptions (including publisher
addresses) of over 10,000 instruments to measure a broad array of interests,
aptitudes, skills, and academic achievement.
ERIC CLEARINGHOUSE ON INFORMATION & TECHNOLOGY (ERIC/IT)
gopher to ericir.syr.edu (http://ericir.syr.edu)
AskERIC maintains a large Gopher site providing access to a wide range of
material. Of particular interest are the AskERIC Infoguides. Each Infoguide
includes pertinent ERIC document citations and various Internet resources, such
as appropriate listservs and pointers to gopher/ftp sites. Some relevant
Infoguide titles are: Authentic Assessment, Outcome-Based Education,
Technology-Plans, and Testing.
EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE (ETS)
gopher to gopher.ets.org
This gopher provides general information about ETS and its programs. We were
most impressed by the set of files on computer-based testing (CBT). Users will
find discussions of current security issues and their implications for the
scheduling of computer-based tests; explanatory files on computer adaptive
testing and computer mastery testing; and state-by-state lists of CBT sites. The
ETS Presidential Files contain extensive information on "What Every School
Should Know About Testing Students with Disabilities."
THE EVALUATION CENTER AT WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
to gopher.wmich.edu/Western Michigan University/Evaluation Center/CREATE
The Center for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation
conducts a wide range of projects for student, teacher, administrator, and
school evaluation. Abstracts and texts of its research and technical papers will
be posted here as this site develops.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON EVALUATION, STANDARDS, AND STUDENT TESTING (CRESST)
gopher to spinoza.cse.ucla.edu/Research on
Evaluation and Testing/CSE-CRESST Alternative Assessment Database or Products
CRESST offers searchable newsletters and technical reports, as well as
descriptions of its videos and handbooks on alternative assessment. Its unique
and large Alternative Assessment Database is maintained in concert with the
NWREL (see entry below); at this gopher site, the database is called the
CSE/CRESST Alternative Assessment Database. CRESST also provides access to the
CRESST Line Newsletter, Evaluation Comment, and general interest papers.
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON MEASUREMENT IN EDUCATION (NCME)
to assessmnt.iupui.edu, NCME
This site plans to provide instructional materials on educational
measurement, measurement software, job announcements, measurement related news
and pointers to other measurement related information.
NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL EDUCATION LABORATORY (NCREL)
path: gopher.cic.net/Other CICnet Projects & Gopher Servers/NCREL/North
Central Regional Education Laboratory (NCREL)/Education Resources by
Here one finds a long essay entitled, "What Does Research Say About
Assessment," which includes a bibliography of reference resources for the topic.
There is also a press insert entitled, "Authentic Assessment: Measuring Learning
in a Way That's Real for Children," which may be used for educational
newsletters and other publications. Other subjects of possible interest to
measurement experts include Educational Policy and Goals and Standards.
NORTHWEST REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL LABORATORY (NWREL)
gopher.nwrel.org/NWREL Program and Content Areas/Evaluation and Assessment OR
Science and Mathematics Education
Under Evaluation and Assessment, you will find bibliographies on alternative
assessment as it pertains to portfolios, mathematics and science, and reading.
Under Science and Mathematics Education, you will find the program for which the
Center, in collaboration with the other nine federally funded Regional
Educational Laboratories and CRESST, collects, reviews and offers instruments
for alternative assessment in science and mathematics. At this gopher site, that
program is named the Laboratory Network Program on Alternative Assessment
(LNP-AA). Its database of alternative assessment instruments and procedures, as
well as annotated bibliographies, are offered online.
THE PRINCETON REVIEW
gopher to bloggs.review.com
The Princeton Review is a full-service preparatory service for college,
graduate school, and professional school admissions processes. It offers:
information about testing companies including phone numbers; test taking
problems; what's new in testing; information on college admissions, college
rankings, financial aid; and career advice.
QUESTION MARK COMPUTING
This British site devoted to Computer Aided Assessment features QM Web, a
system for delivering tests, exams, tutorials and surveys on the world wide web.
The site also provides a variety of links to testing and assessment internet
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
gopher to gopher.ed.gov/Search
all USDE Menus using Jughead/<education* and (evaluation or assessment or
There is such a profusion of essays and descriptions of federal and state
programs, including important information about and from the National Assessment
of Educational Progress (NAEP), that, in gopher, the user is advised to summon
them by the truncated (i.e., abbreviated) indexing terms indicated above. (Hint:
be sure to type in the terms and punctuation exactly as you see them above.). At
both the gopher and www sites, you can find the National Education Goals,
Researchers' Guide to the Department of Education, and various U.S. Department
of Education publications in full-text.
NOTE: The latest version of this digest is available at
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[Online]. Available Gopher: vega.lib.ncsu.ed/Directory:
library/reference/guides, File: Guide.txt
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the Internet," (2nd Ed.), [Online]. Available FTP (Telnet): quake.think.com
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[Online]. Available Gopher: vega.lib.ncsu.edu, Directory:
library/reference/guides, File: Surfing.txt