ERIC Number: ED365677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
On Their Own: Students' Responses to Open-Ended Questions in Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies. Results of the 1990 Assessment: Grade Four, Grade Eight, Grade Twelve.
Thomas, Brenda; Badger, Elizabeth
In the spring of 1990, over 9,000 4th-, 8th- and 12th-grade students (only 6 percent of all students in Massachusetts) were assessed using open-ended mathematical, scientific, social studies, and reading concepts. Beginning with the Massachusetts Educational Assessment Program for 1992, open-ended questions will be administered to all students and will contribute to school and district scores. This series of reports describes the results of these assessments to communicate levels of student achievement throughout the state, familiarize teachers and administrators with the types of questions that will be included on the next assessment; and improve assessments taking place within classrooms by providing models that teachers can adapt to their own evaluations of students' knowledge, understanding, and abilities. Fifteen handouts for grade 4, 17 handouts for grade 8, and 15 handouts for grade 12, are provided. Students' responses to open-ended questions in social studies, mathematics, science, and reading are highlighted. For selected test items in each subject area, the grade level, major concepts/abilities tested, correct and incorrect answers, and comments are included. (RLC)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 4, Grade 8, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Mathematics Tests, Reading Tests, Responses, Science Tests, Social Studies, State Programs, Statistical Data, Test Results, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Massachusetts Educational Assessment Program.