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ERIC Number: EJ963440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4871
Target Practice: Reader Response Theory and Teachers' Interpretations of Students' SAT 10 Scores in Data-Based Professional Development
Atkinson, Becky M.
Journal of Teacher Education, v63 n3 p201-213 May-Jun 2012
The study reported in this article examines how teachers read and respond to their students' Stanford Achievement Test 10 (SAT 10) scores with the goal of investigating the assumption that data-based teaching practice is more "objective" and less susceptible to divergent teacher interpretation. The study uses reader response theory to frame teachers' responses to their students' SAT 10 test scores as interpretations of a text shaped through unexamined assumptions and political interests related to accountability, rather than strictly statistical "official" interpretations of "objective" data. The findings illustrate that teachers' interpretations of SAT 10 data that inform their data-based practice are vulnerable to the pervasive influence of local school responses to accountability pressures. More specifically, the findings reveal how moral and discursive texts imbricated in accountability discourses mediate the ways in which teachers read and respond to their students' SAT 10 scores. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Achievement Tests