ERIC Number: ED337492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Massachusetts Educational Assessment Program: 1990 Statewide Summary.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Results of the third administration of the Massachusetts Educational Assessment Program (MEAP), a statewide testing program for fourth-, eighth-, and 12th-grade students, are summarized. The assessment contains multiple-choice and open-ended questions in reading. mathematics, science, and social studies. In 1990, approximately 155,000 students completed the assessment tests. Students included in school reports are 55,603 fourth-graders, 50,150 eighth-graders, and 49,032 12th-graders. In addition, students, teachers, and principals completed questionnaires about their attitudes and practices related to education. MEAP tests are not designed to measure achievement at a particular grade; they are meant to assess learning up to and including each grade level and are designed to measure a body of knowledge and kinds of thinking that content experts believe are essential to the subject area taught. Each student completes a fraction of test questions for any grade level, and results are aggregated at the school and district levels. Responses to sample open-ended questions are provided, with an analysis of results. Proficiency scales that describe students' performance at various levels of achievement are presented, which provide a link between the scaled scores reported to the schools and the actual test items that characterize the levels of knowledge and skill. An appendix provides descriptions of student performance at levels of proficiency for all three grades. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Assessment, Grade 12, Grade 4, Grade 8, Intermediate Grades, Multiple Choice Tests, Scores, Secondary Education, Standardized Tests, State Programs, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Test Results, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.