ERIC Number: ED346132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Assessment in Mathematics: Insights from Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and Kentucky.
Kahl, Stuart R.
Statewide assessment programs in mathematics that have led the way in the development and implementation of new alternative forms of assessment are described and compared. Assessments reviewed are: (1) the Massachusetts Educational Assessment Program (MEAP); (2) the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA); (3) Vermont's Mathematics Portfolio Assessment Program (VMPAP); and (4) the Kentucky Instructional Resource Information System (KIRIS). The four statewide assessment programs have a great deal in common. When the earlier ones (the MEA and MEAP) began, they were innovative, using matrix sampling to administer large numbers of items efficiently. Maine made significant use of open-ended questions. The two newer programs (the VMPAP and KIRIS) took a pioneer role in large-scale alternative assessment with the portfolio approach of Vermont and the portfolios and performance assessments of Kentucky. Some of the lessons to be drawn from these assessments are described. Recognizing the power of testing to influence instruction and curriculum, these states are using assessment as a vehicle for change while refining techniques for large-scale use. Fifteen pages of attachments provide sample questions and some of the forms used to administer the assessments. (SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Kentucky Instructional Resource Information System; Maine Educational Assessment; Massachusetts Educational Assessment Program; Open Ended Questions; Vermont Mathematics Portfolio Assessment Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).