ERIC Number: ED350353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Performance Assessment: An International Experiment.
Semple, Brian McLean
The second International Assessment of Educational Progress focused on the mathematics and science achievement of 13-year-olds. Performance assessments were used as part of the overall assessment in four countries (England, Scotland, Soviet Union, and Taiwan) and five Canadian provinces. The performance assessment approach drew heavily on the experience of the United Kingdom in such assessments, but added features to meet the needs of an international study. The performance tasks required students to apply concepts, observe, measure, manipulate equipment and materials, and record and interpret data. Approximately 3,000 students participated in the 1991 mathematics and science assessments. Scores varied widely from task to task and from country to country. Relative performance of countries and provinces generally differed from those identified by written curriculum-based tests. A major lesson learned from the experimental test administration is that this form of performance assessment can be used reliably in international comparative studies although at an estimated cost three to four times greater than that for an equivalent number of written test questions. Sample mathematics and science tasks are included, and there is an appendix on problem solving in mathematics that describes outcomes produced by Scottish students. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Comparative Testing, Educational Assessment, Foreign Countries, International Studies, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Performance Based Assessment, Problem Solving, Sciences, Scores, Student Evaluation, Test Construction, Test Results
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Center for the Assessment of Educational Progress.