ERIC Number: EJ930101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
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Performance of Middle Grades Students on Quantitative Tasks: A Beginning Dialogue on Quantitative Literacy in Middle Schools
Pugalee, David K.; Hartman, Kimberly J.; Forrester, Jennifer H.
Investigations in Mathematics Learning, v1 n2 p35-51 Win 2008-2009
Quantitative literacy involves a set of skills necessary to reason about data. Such skills are imperative in our increasingly data-oriented world. Despite the importance of such skills, assessment of quantitative literacy has not been a focus in education and there is a lack of assessment tools that specifically address these skills. This study sought to describe the current levels of middle grade students' quantitative literacy skills through an assessment contextualized with data from the 2000 United States Census. Over 700 middle school students in grades 6, 7, and 8 completed the assessment with a mean score of 41% correct.
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Scoring, Numeracy, Grade 6, Adult Literacy, Grade 7, Grade 8, Literacy, Student Evaluation, Census Figures
Research Council on Mathematics Learning. Web site: http://www.unlv.edu/RCML
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: United States