ERIC Number: ED212477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
British Columbia Mathematics Assessment, 1981: Summary Report.
Robitaille, David F.
Presented is a description of the study, an analysis of major findings, and recommendations directed towards those who share in the continuing task of improving the teaching of mathematics in British Columbia. The assessment was designed to evaluate students' achievement in and attitude toward mathematics, document changes in achievement by comparing the 1981 results to those obtained in 1977, and conduct a survey of teachers of mathematics. In addition, the assessment was directed toward identifying and clarifying different models for the mathematics curriculum. This second provincial assessment was carried out with over 90,000 students from grades 4, 8, and 12, and a sample of 2,500 tenth graders. Test booklets assessed mastery of: Number and Operation, Geometry, Measurement, Algebraic Topics, and Computer Literacy. The booklets also contained items designed to assess pupil attitudes. Two teacher questionnaires were developed, and instructors in every grade level were randomly selected as potential respondents. Overall student achievement results are considered encouraging, with measurement the cause for concern since it was consistently given the lowest rating. The teacher questionnaire indicated that many mathematics classes are taught by individuals who have had little professional or academic preparation. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria.
Identifiers: British Columbia; Mathematics Education Research
Note: For related document, see SE 036 087. Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document.