ERIC Number: EJ1086343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 36
Redesigned High Schools for Transformed STEM Learning: Performance Assessment Pilot Outcome
Ernst, Jeremy Vaughn; Glennie, Elizabeth J.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v16 n4 p27-35 Oct-Dec 2015
This performance assessment pilot study was a major research component of the overall National Science Foundation funded Redesigned High Schools for Transformed STEM Learning Project. Secondary Earth/Environmental Science students' abilities to translate cognitive knowledge into demonstrable performance-based proficiencies were specifically examined. Proficiencies assessed included evaluation, prediction, analysis, synthesis, and reasoning in the contexts of soil and water, clouds and weather, acid rain, and astronomy-based performance tasks. This manuscript presents research protocols, implementation process, and collective determination of proficiency rates among Project student participants. Results of the pilot study indicated that approximately 48 percent of student participants demonstrated performance-based proficiency of knowledge. Implications on evidence-based iterations of school models, state mandated assessment practices, and classroom factors in support of performance-based proficiencies are discussed.
Descriptors: STEM Education, High Schools, School Restructuring, Performance Based Assessment, Pilot Projects, High School Students, Grade 9, Grade 10, Teacher Qualifications, Earth Science, Task Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Science Process Skills, Problem Solving
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site: http://www.jstem.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Grade 10
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina