ERIC Number: ED330581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The State of Mathematics Achievement in Virginia: The Trial State Assessment at Grade Eight.
National Assessment of Educational Progress, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
In 1990, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) included a Trial State Assessment (TSA); for the first time in the NAEP's history, voluntary state-by-state assessments (37 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Virgin Islands) were made. The sample was designed to represent the 8th grade public school population in a state or territory. The 1990 TSA covered five mathematics content areas (numbers and operations; measurement; geometry; data analysis, statistics, and probability; and algebra and functions). In Virginia, 2,661 students in 104 public schools were assessed. This report describes the mathematics proficiency of Virginia eighth-graders, compares their overall performance to students in the Southeast region of the United States and the nation (using data from the NAEP national assessments), presents the average proficiency separately for the five content areas, and summarizes the performance of subpopulations (race/ethnicity, type of community, parents' educational level, and gender). To provide a context for the assessment data, participating students, their mathematics teachers, and principals completed questionnaires which focused on: instructional content (curriculum coverage, amount of homework); delivery of math instruction (availability of resources, type); use of calculators; educational background of teachers; and conditions facilitating math learning (e.g., hours of television watched, absenteeism). On the NAEP math scale, Virginia students had an average proficiency of 264 compared to 261 nationwide. Many fewer students (Virginia-15%; U.S.-12%) appear to have acquired reasoning and problem solving skills. (JJK/CRW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Calculators, Educational Assessment, Family Environment, Grade 8, Homework, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Tests, National Programs, Problem Solving, Public Schools, State Programs, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Qualifications, Television Viewing
Individual state reports are available directly from the assessment division of the appropriate State Department of Education.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Assessment of Educational Progress, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress