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ERIC Number: EJ794114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1529-1944
Using Rubrics to Increase the Reliability of Assessment in Health Classes
Silvestri, Lynette; Oescher, Jeffrey
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v9 p25-30 2006
This study examined the use of rubrics in scoring a performance-based assessment. After receiving a health lesson of ways to have a healthy brain, fifth grade students were given an assignment to illustrate and write a booklet that demonstrated their knowledge of the topic. From students' responses the researchers constructed four sample papers based on their work that demonstrated varying levels of knowledge about the brain. A "true" score for each sample paper was the result of the researchers' agreement when the papers were scored independently using rubrics. Then, sixteen pre-service teachers assessed the four sample papers without using a rubric and a second time using a rubric developed by the researchers. Those 16 scores were compared to the "true" scores for each paper. Inferential statistical analyses indicated the scores produced without using rubrics significantly inflated students' scores for three of the four papers. Analyses of the scores produced when using rubrics indicated no significant differences across all four papers. Thus, the pre-service teachers' assessment for the four sample papers was closer to the "true" score when using rubrics. The results suggest the need to develop and use rubrics to ensure the reliability of assessments addressing critical thinking skills. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A