ERIC Number: ED431593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Linking Assessment to Instruction in Your Classroom: Mathematics Guide to EXPLORE, PLAN, and the ACT Assessment. Edition 1.
ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.
In the early 1980s, American College Testing (ACT) saw a need for a system that would respond to the planning and assessment needs of students, parents, teachers, and administrators, and conducted an extensive review of what was being taught in American schools from grade 7 through college-sophomore level in order to identify the important educational goals that should be assessed. The study confirmed that there are skills and understandings which develop over time that are vital to students' success in their post-high school careers, whether they choose to enter the workplace or pursue a postsecondary education. ACT's Educational Planning and Assessment System includes three testing programs: EXPLORE and PLAN tests for eighth- and tenth-graders respectively, and the ACT Assessment taken by high school juniors and seniors. The three instruments are administered at three separate points in a student's secondary school educational experience. By beginning to evaluate students' strengths and weaknesses early in grade 8 and continuing to assess progress through grade 12, educators have the information necessary to monitor and guide students as they prepare for their high school and post-high school endeavors. This guide was prepared for teachers and contains descriptions of the content and skills assessed in EXPLORE, PLAN, and the ACT Assessment. It illustrates the instruction-assessment link by providing a prototype of a mathematics instructional unit and sample classroom assessments. The sample instructional unit and classroom assessments were included to illustrate how classroom-based activities may be linked to assessments and to the skills and understandings measured by the test questions on EXPLORE, PLAN, and the ACT Assessment. These include tasks that engage students in small-group and large-group work, provide opportunities for discussion, require student-led presentations, and include both independent and collaborative work. These activities are intended to illustrate how the skills and knowledge measured by EXPLORE, PLAN, and the ACT Assessment can be taught in the classroom. Contains 27 references. (ASK)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Evaluation, Higher Education, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary Education, Teaching Methods
ACT, Inc., 2201 N. Dodge Street, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment