ERIC Number: ED442878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Relationship between MSPAP and Social Studies Classroom Instruction and Assessment Materials.
Hansen, Mary A.; Cerrillo, Tracy L.; Lane, Suzanne; Paluda, Jennifer; Parke, Carol S.; Van den Heuvel, Jill R.
As part of a research project being conducted to determine the impact that the Maryland Learning Outcomes and the Maryland State Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP) are having on classroom instruction and assessment practices, social studies classroom materials were collected from elementary and middle schools in Maryland during the 1997-1998 school year. These materials were examples of instruction and assessment activities used by teachers in their day-to-day teaching. The activities were analyzed with respect to the extent to which they are aligned with the Maryland Learning Outcomes in the social studies area and the extent to which they represent MSPAP tasks with regard to such features as processes assessed, format, response types required, and integration with other subject areas. In all, 304 social studies teachers from 61 schools sent in social studies activities, a response rate of 71%. The analyses of the social studies classroom materials sent in by teachers suggests that the instruction and assessment classroom activities are similar to each other in their representation of the Maryland Learning Outcomes and similarity to MSPAP-like tasks. These activities are less similar to the learning outcomes and tasks, however, than the MSPAP test preparation activities. (Contains 15 tables and 1 figure.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland