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ERIC Number: ED518767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Formative Assessment for College Readiness: Measuring Skill and Growth in Five Key Cognitive Strategies Associated with Postsecondary Success
Conley, David; Lombardi, Allison; Seburn, Mary; McGaughy, Charis
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, Apr 13-17, 2009)
This study reports the preliminary results from a field test of the College-readiness Performance Assessment System (C-PAS), a large-scale, 6th-12th grade criterion-referenced assessment system that utilizes classroom-embedded performance tasks to measure student progress toward the development of key cognitive skills associated with success in college. A sample of 1,795 students completed C-PAS performance tasks in English and mathematics at 13 New York City high schools in grades 9-12 during Fall 2007. The performance tasks were derived from construct maps and "task shells" designed to elicit the key cognitive strategies. Teachers administered the tasks to students and scored the tasks using standardized scoring guides. Preliminary analyses using Item Response Theory (IRT) yielded evidence that C-PAS measures the acquisition of college readiness cognitive thinking skills in both math and English. The study is significant because it suggests that cognitive strategies important to college readiness can be measured discretely and within separate subject areas. Additionally, the study suggests that complex performance assessments can be utilized to systematically contribute useful information on student performance to help improve student learning. This is important given the current search for ways to address some of the limitations of current large-scale testing methods and systems. (Contains 10 tables and 7 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 9; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York