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ERIC Number: EJ879142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 63
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 91
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Survey Measures of Classroom Instruction: Comparing Student and Teacher Reports
Desimone, Laura M.; Smith, Thomas M.; Frisvold, David E.
Educational Policy, v24 n2 p267-329 2010
This analysis contributes to efforts to improve the use and understanding of survey data in education policy research by asking: "How different are student and teacher reports of classroom instruction?" "Do student, class, or teacher characteristics account for any of the differences?" Using National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) data, we compare the responses of middle-school students and their teachers to the same questions about mathematics instruction. We found low correlations and small significant mean differences between student and teacher reports; we also found that student reports are sensitive to key student and class variables, most notably to individual and class achievement, student race/ethnicity, income, parent education, and motivation. Implications for using student survey data in policy research are discussed. (Contains 3 notes, 18 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
IES Cited: ED565617