ERIC Number: ED457169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' Assignments as Indicators of Instructional Quality in Elementary Schools. CSE Technical Report 545.
Clare, Lindsay; Valdes, Rosa; Pascal, Jenny; Steinberg, Joan Rector
This report describes ongoing research investigating the use of teachers' assignments as an indicator of classroom practice. The purpose of this work is to develop a measure of students' learning environments that potentially could be used to help monitor the influence of school reform efforts on the quality of the classroom learning environment and support the improvement of instructional practice. Past research indicated good results in regard to the technical quality and feasibility of the method for describing practice in urban school environments. This report describes additional research investigating the reliability and validity of this method for describing the quality of students' learning environments in schools serving higher achieving and middle class elementary school students as well. Participants were 16 teachers in schools that served middle class students primarily. Results indicate good reliability between raters, but not within raters over time. Results also indicate that the quality of assignments was statistically significantly associated with the quality of observed instruction and student work. Finally, results indicate that at least three assignments would need to be collected from teachers to determine a stable estimate of quality. Appendixes describe the teacher assignment materials, present the observation instrument and interview protocol, and contain the teacher and student scoring rubrics. (Contains 11 tables and 28 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Assignments, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Evaluation Methods, Interrater Reliability, Research Methodology, Scoring Rubrics
National Center for Research on Evaluation, CRESST/CSE, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1522. Tel: 310-206-1532.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.; National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.