ERIC Number: ED423286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Assessment in Science: An Examination of Multiple-Choice and Performance Science Assessments for a Second Grade Classroom.
Huff, JudyAnn B.
This study explored the use of multiple-choice item formats and performance formats for assessment of learning science at the second grade level. It was completed during a 2-week unit entitled "Living Systems" that addressed Virginia Standards of Learning for second grade science. A 7-day unit was designed and both multiple-choice and performance tests were written to assess knowledge and achievement of objectives on days 1, 3, 5, and 7. Subjects were 16 students from a second grade in a rural school, although the number of students tested varied due to school absences. Both test formats included higher order thinking questions. The range of scores for both formats was similar. However, several disadvantages to performance tests were discovered, mostly related to time and efficiency of testing. Further study is suggested to overcome these disadvantages. Until these are overcome, the multiple-choice format should be the preferred method of testing. Appendixes contain the lesson plans, the unit tests, and a table and four figures of research data. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia