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ERIC Number: ED343776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Assessment in the Context of Mathematics Instruction Reform: The Design of Assessment in the QUASAR Project.
Silver, Edward A.; Lane, Suzanne
Recent reports on mathematics education reform have focused the attention of educational practitioners and policymakers on new goals for mathematics education and new descriptions of mathematical proficiency. QUASAR is a national project (Quantitative Understanding: Amplifying Student Achievement and Reasoning) designed to improve the mathematics instructional program for students attending middle schools, grades 6 through 8, in economically disadvantaged communities. QUASAR is a complex research study of educational change and improvement, in which a major effort will be made to study carefully different approaches to unblocking the path to mathematical power for poor students. Parallel goals for the study are: to ascertain conditions that appear conducive to mathematical success; to derive pedagogical principles for effective mathematics instruction for middle school students; to describe effective instructional programs that are adaptable to other schools; and to devise new assessment tools to measure growth in higher order thinking, reasoning, and communication as they relate to school mathematics. Included in this report are: (1) an introduction that describes the purpose, the rationale, and the goals of this project; (2) a discussion of the educational considerations and mathematical conceptualizations underlying the proposed methods of assessment for mathematical proficiency; (3) a discussion of construct-irrelevant test variance as a data-gathering consideration for the assessment of mathematical proficiency; (4) a discussion of the development of specifications for the assessment tasks in terms of focus and components; (5) a discussion of the specifications encompassing the scoring rubrics within the assessment procedures; and (6) a list of sample tasks and administrative information. (15 references) (Author/JJK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.
Identifiers: Mathematical Power; Mathematics Education Research; QUASAR Project (Mathematics Education)
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction on Assessment in Mathematics Education and Its Effects (Calogne, Spain, April 1991).