ERIC Number: ED442879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Relationship between MSPAP and Science Classroom Instruction and Assessment Materials.
Cerrillo, Tracy L.; Hansen, Mary A.; Parke, Carol S.; Lane, Suzanne; Scott, Kathryn
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, science 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 science 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, 301 science teachers from 62 schools sent in social studies activities, a response rate of 70%. A coding scheme was developed to reflect important features of these tasks. Instruction and assessment activities showed different patterns. In general, instruction activities were more similar to the MSPAP than assessment. The findings suggest that the instruction, assessment, and test preparation activities sent in by Maryland teachers reflect the Maryland Learning Outcomes from a moderate to high degree. However, instruction and assessment activities are less similar to the Maryland Learning Outcomes and MSPAP than the test preparation activities. Results from related studies of alignment in the subject areas of reading, mathematics, writing, social studies, and science are discussed for their similarities and differences in the degree of alignment. (Contains 16 tables.) (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