From usable to useful assessment knowledge and evaluation
Keywords: 
Knowledge management
Assessment
Social capital
Accountability
Issue Date: 
2009
Publisher: 
Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Navarra
ISSN: 
1578-7001
Citation: 
L. Baker, Eva. “From usable to useful assessment knowledge and evaluation” . ESE. Estudios sobre educación. 2009, Nº 16, PÁG.37-54.
Abstract
In this article contrasts are made between usable and useful knowledge. Usable knowledge represents knowledge that someone finds pertinent. Useful knowledge has a function and can lead to specific action. The applications to educational assessment and evaluation are clear in that much assessment knowledge is developed at a level that is nominally usable, but provides no real guidance in the improvement of learning. Knowledge management through the measurement of social and organizational capital is suggested as a strategy to augment accountability policies based exclusively on test scores. This approach would work as a way to set targets and monitor the development of schools as an institution, responsible for performance by adults and students that extend beyond measured performance.

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