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ERIC Number: ED408361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Standardised Assessment of Mathematical Concepts in Students Aged Four Plus in England and Wales.
Ashby, John
The requirement that schools in England and Wales assess their students, at age seven, in English and mathematics has created a demand for an assessment of students at their entry to statutory schooling. This paper reports on the development and standardization of a test of mathematical concepts for students aged four and over (four plus) as they enter school. The test would give baseline information about the students and would help in formative judgments about teaching. Because students at this age have very limited reading and fine motor skills, it was necessary to develop a test in which all items are spoken by the teacher and anything the student records is within their capabilities. A national mail survey of 122 local education authorities and a telephone survey of 20 schools resulted in a domain range for the first version of the assessment. Trials of 2 versions of the test with a total of 483 children resulted in a version that was tested with a standardization sample of 279 schools in England and Wales in 1994. Results from 1,749 students and the opinions of 72 teachers supported the usefulness of the test, and provides numerical outcomes that can be used for value-added analysis. (Contains 2 figures and 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)