ERIC Number: ED428127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Tensions between Competing Pedagogical and Accountability Commitments for Exemplary Teachers of Mathematics in Kentucky.
Borko, Hilda; Elliott, Rebekah
This paper presents a focused case study of Ann and Kay, a team of exemplary elementary teachers, as they worked to modify their mathematics instruction to be consistent with the goals of the Kentucky Education Reform Act and Kentucky Instructional Results Information System (KIRIS), its innovative high-stakes assessment system. At the time of the study, the mathematics component of KIRIS included three types of measures: open response items, multiple choice items, and mathematics portfolios (in a research and development phase), which together assessed students' understanding of concepts and procedures, as well as their ability to use this understanding to solve problems in other disciplines and real life. Teacher efforts to guide students' creation of mathematics portfolios and prepare them for the open response item format focused on increased attention to problem solving, mathematical communication, and connections to real world situations. They often found themselves faced with tensions and struggles as they attempted to put policy into practice without compromising their pedagogical goals and beliefs. In this case study, how the teachers worked with these tensions to create a successful reform-based mathematics program in their 4-5 classroom is discussed. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.; California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990