ERIC Number: ED385430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Describing the Enacted Curriculum: Development and Dissemination of Opportunity To Learn Indicators in Science Education.
Smithson, John L.; And Others
Recent calls for high standards and hard content for all students have brought a growing interest in Opportunity-To-Learn (OTL) measures. OTL indicators provide valuable information for anyone interested in knowing what instruction is like, whether it is equitably distributed, and whether it is improving over time. This paper describes an effort to develop OTL indicators for science education through a collaborative project of 14 states. The Council of Chief State School Officers is working with the State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) Science Project to develop innovative approaches to assessment in elementary and secondary science education. A project component of high interest and potential application for local educators is information on students' opportunity to learn the science, content, knowledge, and skills that are assessed. The SCASS member states anticipate using methods of collecting and reporting on opportunity to learn the science content in conjunction with science assessments. The paper discusses the approach to OTL data used in SCASS and some of the issues in designing OTL data collection instruments. The questionnaire is appended. (LZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
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