ERIC Number: ED359069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Approaching Standards for Mathematics Assessment. ERIC/CSMEE Digest.
Brosnan, Patricia A.; Hartog, Martin D.
Current assessment practices in the classroom can affect the movement toward a child-centered curriculum in mathematics education. The mathematical community is addressing the challenge to implement standards in the areas of testing, assessment, and accountability in order to maintain this movement. This digest: (1) discusses what makes current assessment practices in mathematics education problematic, (2) outlines assessment principles to guide the mathematics education community in the establishment of assessment standards, and (3) reviews research results about alternative assessment. Current practices identified as problematic include tests that stress routine rote tasks instead of offering students the opportunity to demonstrate their mathematical powers; assessment that is used for ranking students and not as a tool of instruction; and instruction that teaches toward the test. Lists of the principles and goals established at the National Summit on Mathematical Assessment held in April 1991 and the principles developed by the New Standards Project are given to guide the development of assessment standards. Research results about alternative assessment practices involving portfolios, cooperative group assessment, and student behavior during assessment are cited. The drive toward standards-based education will not be complete without assessment standards. Contains 10 references. (MDH)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Informal Assessment, Instructional Innovation, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, National Standards, State Standards, Testing
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
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Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, OH.