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Assessing the Effects of Small School Size on Mathematics Achievement: A Propensity Score-Matching Approach
Small schools have been promoted as an educational reform that is capable of improving student outcomes.This study investigates the potential effect of attending smaller schools on student mathematics achievement using propensity score matching techniques. This study suggests that creating smaller schools might not be the best mechanism to raise student achievement.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2008
Development of a performance assessment task and rubric to measure prospective secondary school mathematics teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge and skills
The article describes an assessment task designed to assess secondary school mathematics preservice teacher content knowledge skills. The task and rubric were developed in collaboration with five education faculty, four arts and sciences faculty, and four high school teachers over a period of one year.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2008
Research suggests that at least half of all students enrolled in online courses are not course completers. Obviously, increasing the percentage of program completers in the distance learning environment is essential. This article details a proven and comprehensive system to achieve this objective, using the authors' experiences at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana, as a framework.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2008
The author explores the challenges and promises of value-added assessment. Yet, value-added assessment is limited in its explanatory powers because it focuses only on certain types of knowledge and needs to be used in conjunction with other estimates. As such, the author provides a variety of perspectives to help educational stakeholders explore the assessment not just as a new test but rather as a promising and potentially damaging lever of change in school cultures.
Updated: Nov. 03, 2008
The article examines what science content teachers need to know in order to teach what students need to learn. Four standards documents and analysis of all four are identified in the article.
Updated: Oct. 06, 2008
The purpose of Project RESTART was to enhance the development and implementation through assessment of a model teacher preparation program that was designed to recruit and retain a pool of highly qualified special education teachers from underrepresented teacher candidate groups. The project was assessed in terms of participant satisfaction, graduation rates, and participants' employment data. Results demonstrated the success of Project RESTART in recruiting and retaining a diverse pool of highly qualified special education teacher candidates, including those from underrepresented groups.
Updated: Sep. 25, 2008
In this article the model Educational Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) is examined. The methodological issues with the model are presented. The author considers it the model most sophisticated value-added model.
Updated: Sep. 18, 2008
Lissitz and Samuelsen (2007) have proposed an operational definition of validity to a utility of test use. The author claims that the definitions do not support interpretation of score. The author argues that validation should involve an evaluation of the proposed interpretations and uses of test scores, and Test developers may choose to adopt a narrow operational interpretation of test scores, but if they do so, they should label the test accordingly.
Updated: Sep. 18, 2008
The appreciation and realisation of research-based teacher education: Finnish students' experiences of teacher education
The subjects of the Finnish research project that sought to describe student teacher's perspectives on research-based approach were part of a special group of students, worked as teachers without being officially qualified to do so before they entered teacher education. The research was carried out as a web-based survey (n = 113). The questionnaire was based on the structure of the curriculum of the teacher education programme, including items from each part of the curriculum. The subjects were asked about both attitudes and experiences. the students appreciate the research-based approach as the main organising theme of teacher education.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2008
Strengthening the Preparation of Early Childhood Teacher Candidates Through Performance-Based Assessments
The article describes a performance based assessment for advancing the learning and evaluation of teacher candidates in an early childhood special education teacher preparation program. Methods for determining proficiency on national (Council for Exceptional Children) and state (Colorado teacher licensure) standards are described, along with the challenges and opportunities presented by the use of PBAs.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2008