ERIC Number: ED189186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Mathematics in North Dakota. Summary of Performance for Fourth and Eighth Grade Mathematics Assessment, Spring, 1979.
Lacher, S. R.; Torgeson, Ronald M.
In response to citizens' need and right to know about how North Dakota students perform in mathematics, the Department of Public Instruction and the North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics administered a criterion-referenced mathematics assessment in grades 4 (1,298 students) and 8 (1,475 students). Also included were items from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The objectives were classified into four process categories: Mathematical Knowledge, Mathematical Skill, Mathematical Understanding, and Mathematical Application and Problem Solving. Only cognitive skills were assessed, without consideration of variables such as per pupil expenditure, ethnicity, and family income. Different tests were administered at the fourth and eighth grades, the intent being to measure performance at both a basic level and at an appropriate level of difficulty for both grades. Twenty-five of the items appearing on the fourth grade level, however, were also included at the eighth grade level. When compared with national results, children at both grade levels performed very well in assessment exercises. Some areas (place value, geometric terminology, metric system, graph interpretation, word problems), however were found in need of attention. (Author/GSK) Aspect of National Assessment (NAEP) dealt with in this document: Procedures (Replication).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota State Dept. of Public Instruction, Bismarck.
Identifiers - Location: North Dakota
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress