ERIC Number: ED404105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Implementation of the 1989 Assessment Standards for School Mathematics in Grades K-3.
Watts, Michelle R.
Florida Educational Research Council Research Bulletin, v24 n4 Sum 1993
Thirty-three primary teachers were trained in the 1989 Standards for School Mathematics to study the relationship between the implementation of alternative assessment and such variables as: teacher grading orientation, class size, grade level, and student mathematical ability. Teachers were found to use knowledge level items significantly more often than higher level items, and K-1 teachers used items involving manipulative materials significantly more often than grade 2-3 teachers. Patterns of usage by question level, assessment format, manipulative material, and scoring method did not vary according to teacher variables. Mathematical procedures were identified as more appropriately measured by traditional methods; concepts, problem solving, and reasoning by alternative methods. No significant difference in the level of confidence in the information from traditional versus alternative assessment methods was found, but alternative formats were more difficult to use. Results led to recommendations such as: (1) include alternative assessment instruments with mathematics textbooks; (2) provide more manipulative materials and inservice training to teachers; (3) train teachers to use and understand analytic and focused holistic scoring, especially for problem solving; and (4) monitor teachers over time to see if use of alternative assessment increases and if it affects student achievement. (Contains 61 references.) (Author/GW)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Elementary School Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Tests, Primary Education, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods
Florida Educational Research Council, Inc., P.O. Box 506, Sanibel, FL 33957 ($3.50 individual copies; $12 for an annual subscription).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
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Authoring Institution: Florida Educational Research and Development Council, Inc., Sanibel.