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The great educational challenge of our times is to know the learner.
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Assessment Information System
The broadest goals of education remain constant – to help learners realize their potential and thereby to help them relate competently to the world and make their unique contributions to the world.
Educational information systems (like all other aspects of the educational process) must be faithfully directed towards these goals and must meet the challenge. Learning is the center of the educational enterprise and so the most salient information is that concerning the extent to which learners have attained intended learning goals.
Educational information systems must serve the learner first. All other considerations (such as administrative convenience) must be considered secondary.
The ACASE Assessment Information system (AIS) is strictly devoted to these primary educational purposes and principles and does so by meeting the challenge of knowing the learner. See Discovering the True Nature of Educational Assessment.
AIS uses as its basic unit the operational learning goal. Operational learning goals have two special features. First of all they are practical in that they are stated at a level appropriate for planning, carrying out and evaluating lessons or units. Further they have been aligned with appropriate assessment activities.
The operational learning goal turns out to be the most fundamental unit of educational information. It is what is needed to support planning and evaluation of teaching and learning. It is also the most salient information for resource allocation, professional development and accountability (See our presentation An Alternative Approach to State Examinations in Science Education for a fuller elaboration.) This permits an efficiency that is far beyond what characterizes conventional education information usage.
AIS has a number of desirable features in addition to the fact that it focuses faithfully on strictly educational purposes. These include:
Please visit the Guest site for the AIS online information system.
Contact Paul Zachos for more information or for a guided tour of the system.