ERIC Number: ED410113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
An Investigation of Scoring Methods for Mathematics Performance-Based Assessments.
Taylor, Catherine S.
Three mathematics scoring methods are being used or explored in large scale assessment programs: (1) item-by-item scoring; (2) holistic scoring; and (3) "trait" scoring. This study investigated all three methods of scoring on three mathematics performance-based assessments. Mathematics assessment tasks were selected from a pool of pilot tasks because they could be scored using all three methods. Results of the study suggest that holistic scoring and item-by-item scoring methods provide similar information while trait scores for conceptual understanding and mathematics communication tapped into different aspects of student performance. Implications for the validity of scoring methods now in use for performance-based mathematics assessments are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).