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Allal, Linda – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2013
This paper presents a study of teachers' professional judgement in the area of summative assessment. It adopts a situated perspective on assessment practices in classroom and school settings. The study is based on interviews with 10 sixth-grade teachers and on the assessment documents they used when determining end-of-term grades in students'…
Descriptors: Summative Evaluation, Educational Practices, Interviews, Grade 6
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Phelan, Julia C.; Choi, Kilchan; Niemi, David; Vendlinski, Terry P.; Baker, Eva L.; Herman, Joan – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2012
This paper describes results from field testing of middle-school math formative assessments alongside professional development and instructional resources. We employed a randomised, controlled design to address the question: Does using our formative assessment strategies improve student performance on assessments of key mathematical ideas relative…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests, Formative Evaluation
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Andrade, Heidi L.; Du, Ying; Mycek, Kristina – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2010
This study investigated the relationship between middle school students' scores for a written assignment (N = 162) and a process that involved students in generating criteria and self-assessing with a rubric. Gender, time spent writing, grade level, prior rubric use, and previous achievement in English were also examined. The treatment involved…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Middle School Students, Writing (Composition)
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Maier, Uwe – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2009
The paper analyses how teachers view state-mandated tests in Baden-Wurttemberg, a large state in the south-west of Germany. For the first time in 2006, public secondary schools were bound by law to administer "Vergleichsarbeiten" [state-wide tests] in up to three relevant subjects after Grade 6. Scholars in the field of school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Measurement
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Shermis, Mark D.; Shneyderman, Aleksandr; Attali, Yigal – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2008
This study was designed to examine the extent to which "content" accounts for variance in scores assigned in automated essay scoring protocols. Specifically it was hypothesised that certain writing genre would emphasise content more than others. Data were drawn from 1668 essays calibrated at two grade levels (6 and 8) using "e-rater[TM]", an…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Test Scoring Machines, Essays, Grade 8
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Yu, Guoxing; Thomas, Sally M. – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2008
The Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ) II data are analysed, using multilevel modelling techniques, to explore the key issues underlying the development of school effectiveness models. Differences between schools in Grade 6 pupils' reading and mathematics achievements are examined and the percentage…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Grade Repetition, Community Involvement, Academic Achievement