Section archive - Assessment & Evaluation
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Data Literacy: Understanding Teachers' Data Use in a Context of Accountability and Response to Intervention
The purpose of this study is to understand the qualitatively different ways that current practicing teachers are using data to inform instruction. Nine elementary schools teachers participated in this study. Findings from teacher interviews are presented through the image of a ladder representing the stages that teachers experience as they engage in data usage to inform their instructional decision making. These findings have implications for teacher educators and school-based practitioners alike in better supporting the professional development of preservice and in-service teachers for this data-driven context of schools.
Updated: Sep. 02, 2010
Development of Instruments to Assess Teacher and Student Perceptions of Inquiry Experiences in Science Classrooms
This study describes the development of two instruments, the Principles of Scientific Inquiry- Teacher (PSI-T) and the Principles of Scientific Inquiry-Student (PSI-S), to investigate the extent to which students are engaged in scientific inquiry. As a result of the instrument development process employed, each finalized instrument consisted of 20-items separated into five categories. Based on the analyses completed, the instruments appear to be useful instruments for use in comprehensive assessment packages for assessing the extent to which students are experiencing inquiry in science classrooms.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2010
This article reports on a collaborative research study regarding the practice and impacts of assessment for learning in science, geography and history classes. Three secondary teachers and two university researchers participated in the study. The research provides insights into how teachers and researchers can collaborate to develop a research and practice agenda.
Updated: Aug. 22, 2010
A HOUSSE Built on Quicksand? Exploring the Teacher Quality Conundrum for Secondary Special Education Teachers
In this study, the authors focus on one highly contested provision of the No Child Left Behind Act, which allows states flexibility in how the quality of teachers is defined and evaluated: the high, objective, uniform state standard of evaluation (HOUSSE) option. The authors conducted a national survey of representatives from each state to explore how HOUSSE is being interpreted for secondary special education teachers. Findings indicate that significant variability in the interpretation and implementation of the HOUSSE provision exists across states and that numerous challenges with the implementation of federal teacher quality requirements persist and difficulties with holding districts accountable for teacher quality provisions.
Updated: Jun. 15, 2010
The purpose of this documentary account is twofold. First, the authors describe two strategic instructional assignments embedded in university courses at a large research institution in the United States that were designed to help teaching candidates move toward mastery. Second, the authors explicate candidates' performances on the assessments as well as evidence of the reliability of the assessments and scoring procedures. This case study provides evidence that advanced secondary teaching candidates are able to address instructional issues and engage in the kind of pedagogical reasoning more characteristic of experienced teachers.
Updated: May. 09, 2010
Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK): The Development and Validation of an Assessment Instrument for Preservice Teachers
Based in Shulman's idea of Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) has emerged as a useful frame for describing and understanding the goals for technology use in preservice teacher education. This article addresses the need for a survey instrument designed to assess TPACK for preservice teachers. The article describes survey development process and results from a pilot study on 124 preservice teachers.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2010
In this article, the authors describe the requirements of standard 9 of the National Science Teachers Association Standards for Science Teacher Preparation. This standard is designed to ensure that science teacher preparation programs provide preservice science teachers with the knowledge and skills to understand and successfully engage students in a safe and ethical manner.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
Teachers' Perception of the New Teacher Evaluation Policy: A Validity Study of the Policy Characteristics Scale
Teachers' perception of the educational policy is vital to understand the success or failure of the policy's implementation. In this article, the authors describe the development and use of the Policy Characteristics Scale to measure teachers' perception of a new teacher evaluation policy. Implications for policy makers and school leaders are discussed.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2009
New Regimes of Truth: The Impact of Performative School Self Evaluation Systems on Teachers' Professional Identities
This paper develops a Foucauldian analysis of interview data from a single case study site to illustrate the ways that new regimes of truth are created within schools and to consider the impact of disciplinary systems on teachers' professional identities.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2009
The purpose of this study is to determine whether 'following recommendations' as a result of an AfL (to teach) is influenced differentially by a performance perspective as compared to a learning perspective on assessment by the assessor. The study was conducted in The Netherlands within one large institute of primary teacher education with 163 student teachers in the first year of their four-year programme of practice teaching. Findings of this study show that both assessment orientations are ill-related to acceptance of feedback and a subsequent following of recommendations.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2009