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ERIC Number: ED490355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-11
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Measuring Teachers' Knowledge & Application of Classroom Assessment Concepts: Development of the "Assessment Literacy Inventory"
Mertler, Craig A.; Campbell, Cynthia
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 11?15, 2005)
Assessing student performance is one of the most critical responsibilities of classroom teachers; yet, many teachers do not feel adequately prepared for this task. Teachers often believe that they need remediation or assistance in applying assessment concepts and techniques, as well as making assessment-related decisions. In an effort to measure teachers' "assessment literacy," an instrument, titled the "Assessment Literacy Inventory (ALI)," was developed and its psychometric properties evaluated. The "ALI" was designed to parallel existing "Standards for Teacher Competence in the Educational Assessment of Students." A two-stage pilot test of the instrument was conducted with 152 preservice teachers in Fall 2003 and 249 preservice teachers in the Spring 2004. Item analyses of the second-stage pilot data revealed an overall instrument reliability (KR20) of 0.74. Individual item analyses (i.e., item difficulties and item discriminations), as well as other indices, were examined. Recommendations for future research include content and construct validation of the "ALI" (both of which are currently being examined), as well as an investigation of the appropriateness of the "ALI" as a measure of inservice teacher assessment literacy. Finally, the "Assessment Literacy Inventory" provides a practical mechanism for educators to measure assessment literacy. Considering the current state of high-stakes accountability in education, the "ALI" could provide school districts an effective, as well as efficient way to allocate resources for developing or otherwise selecting teacher professional development opportunities on the topic of classroom assessment. Appended is: Sample Scenario and Selected Items from the "Assessment Literacy Inventory (ALI)." (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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