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ERIC Number: EJ768477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1380-3611
Developing and Piloting a Framework for Studying the Alignment of Mathematics Examinations with the Curriculum: The Case of Lebanon
Osta, Iman
Educational Research and Evaluation, v13 n2 p171-198 Apr 2007
This research aimed at developing a methodological framework to investigate the alignment of the Lebanese national math exam tests with the curriculum at the middle school level, during the transitory period of a major curricular reform. The focus is on exploring the characteristics of an "assessment culture" set by the national exams during the long life of the old curriculum. A framework for analyzing non-objective type tests is developed and piloted. The study considered a sample of 3 model tests reflecting the analyzed curriculum, and 11 official exam tests administered over the last 6 years of its life. The 2 sets of exams were analyzed and compared. It was found that the official tests have a stable structure in format and in content, and involve a limited set of topics that determine a "mini-curriculum". The results showed discrepancies between the official and the model tests, indicating lack of alignment. (Contains 8 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lebanon