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ERIC Number: ED525301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 47
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
How Middle-School Mathematics Teachers Use Interim and Benchmark Assessment Data. CRESST Report 807
Shepard, Lorrie A.; Davidson, Kristen L.; Bowman, Richard
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
In 2001, the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act intensified the pressure on school districts to raise test scores, close achievement gaps, and turn around low-performing schools. In response, a large number of school districts have adopted interim or benchmark assessments to be administered periodically throughout the school year in anticipation of annual state tests. This report focuses on middle-school mathematics teachers' uses of interim and benchmark assessment results. We present findings from two-stage interviews with 30 teachers in seven districts across two states. While teachers' uses of assessment information varied, few gained substantive insights about students' mathematical understanding. Instead, teachers most frequently retaught standards or items with the lowest scores and focused on procedural competence. Although many teachers expressed an interest in using assessment results to inform instruction, they reported minimal professional development to this end, and often had a different understanding regarding the intended use of the assessments than did district leaders. Examples of big picture growth and proficiency assessment information are appended. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures and 3 footnotes.)
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). 300 Charles E Young Drive N, GSE&IS Building 3rd Floor, Mailbox 951522, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1522. Tel: 310-206-1532; Fax: 310-825-3883; Web site: http://www.cresst.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001