ERIC Number: ED404102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Up: Prototypes for Mathematics Assessment.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Mathematical Sciences Education Board.
The call for educational reform has caused mathematics curriculum, instruction, and assessment to come under both professional and public scrutiny. The three elements contesting for leadership in assessment reform are the conventional testing agencies, reformers led by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and political agencies calling for assessment of progress towards the nation's new standards in mathematics education. This book presents 13 prototypes that exemplify changes called for in the NCTM's "Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics." The introduction provides background information into the development of the prototypes that includes: (1) the origin of the Mathematics Science Education Board's decision to create the prototypes; (2) the criteria utilized to select the prototypes; (3) warnings that the prototypes should be viewed as work in progress; (4) the audience for this book; (5) a description of the objectives of the prototypes; (6) three examples of surprises that occurred when the prototypes were field tested; (7) the format for each prototype; (8) the scoring rubrics for the prototypes called protorubrics; (9) a discussion of how the prototypes fit in with the "Standards"; and (10) ideas on future directions for assessment. The remainder of the document presents the 13 prototypes that can be used either for informal classroom-based assessment or more formal external assessment. The tasks are presented in several formats and give students opportunities to respond in various modes. Each prototype provides a suggested time allotment and student social organization; a description of the task; a rationale to the mathematics community for its inclusion in the booklet; the associated protorubric; and a reference. Two prototypes are also presented in Spanish. Contains 13 references, a list of state mathematics coalitions, and a list of members of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board. (MDH)
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Grade 4, Holistic Approach, Intermediate Grades, Manipulative Materials, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Tests, Patterns in Mathematics, Problem Solving, Scoring, Scoring Rubrics, Student Evaluation, Thinking Skills
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20418 ($10.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Mathematical Sciences Education Board.