ERIC Number: ED393889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-8
Reference Count: N/A
Performance Assessment: Mississippi at the Cusp.
Keyes, Marie; And Others
This paper documents student, teacher, and administrator attitudes toward the initiation of performance-based tests on a statewide level in Mississippi. The initial study surveyed approximately 620 test participants in grades 1 through 10 during the period between the fall test administration and the receipt of the test results in January. The teacher survey (n=58) indicated that teachers saw the tests as more difficult than did students, but their overall perceptions were more positive. Administrators from 11 of 14 schools returned their surveys, and their responses were generally positive. The ongoing study, conducted by educators, examines the direction Mississippi appears to be taking. Vital to the preparedness of the state's teachers for performance assessment is a return to the classroom as students. Increased access to graduate educational literature, keeping up to date with current learning theories, and interactive work with peers will assure that performance-based assessment will have a bright future in Mississippi. An attachment describes the participant study in detail. (Contains 5 references in the overview, 15 in the attached report, and 2 figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Difficulty Level, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Study, Inservice Teacher Education, Performance Based Assessment, Professional Development, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, State Programs, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Test Use, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Large Scale Assessment; Mississippi
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, November 8-10, 1995).