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ERIC Number: ED403299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-9
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Student Impact in the Context of Statewide Education Reform.
Upton, Jan; Supovitz, John
Linking teacher treatment to student impact is not as straightforward as it may seem initially. The difficulties in measuring the impact on students are illustrated in this discussion of the Ohio Statewide Systemic Initiative (SSI). Since the inception of the SSI, the external evaluators had planned to use data from the state's proficiency tests for ninth grade as one measure of student impact, but they encountered numerous difficulties, largely because the tests had not been completely developed. A pilot test of the SSI mathematics test in 1994 indicated the advisability of using a revised version of the pilot test in 1995. The revised Mathematics Discovery Test was administered to 1,070 students whose teachers had participated in the Project Discovery professional development for use of the SSI and 682 students whose teachers had not participated in Project Discovery. A Science Discovery Test was also administered to 1,127 Discovry students and 789 non-Discovery students. Results of these two tests show the superior performance of the students of Discovery teachers. Experience in the test development process demonstrates the importance of teacher involvement in the development of tests designed to provide student impact data. Key stakeholders must be involved to ensure the appropriate alignment of the instrument. (Contains two figures and five tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio