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This study examines the development of preservice secondary science teachers’ understanding about equitable assessments (EA) as a result of instruction during a methods course and their subsequent use of EA, while planning a science unit without prompting. The author concludes that preservice teachers gained in the following domains of knowledge introduced earlier: (1) knowledge and beliefs about diverse learners, (2) knowledge and beliefs about EA strategies, and (3) skills in modifying assessments for English language learners. They displayed relevant knowledge, but did not enact it as well when it came to planning units.
Updated: Sep. 12, 2016
The purpose of this article is understanding the limitations of value-added measures (VAM) and the inferences that they do and do not support. These limitations fall into three categories. First, value-added measures (VAM) provide information about only one of several important dimensions of teacher preparation program quality, focusing on one outcome measure, but not addressing other program characteristics. Second, comparing programs on the average VAM scores begs the question of whether mean performance is the most appropriate way to look at program quality. Third, the measurement of program graduates’ VAM is strongly affected by the labor market for teachers, which weakens the inferences from VAM scores to the quality of preparation programs.
Updated: May. 04, 2016
The goal of this study was to assess the value of A-level and international equivalents as a predictor of early achievement in higher education. The results show that the key predictor for academic performance is whether or not the students received a British education.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2015
This study investigated the current practices and training needs of early childhood professionals in conducting assessment with young children with and at-risk of disabilities. The findings reveal that the participants reported that they used a wide range of standardized tools and nonstandardized methods to assess children’s development in the developmental domains. Three of the top five tools most frequently used by professionals to assess children’s skills are curriculum-based assessment methods that are developmentally based and that take into consideration the child’s experiences and background. The authors recommend that preservice teacher preparation programs must include numerous targeted field assignments. Furthermore, preservice teachers must receive instruction in how to use a few of the most commonly used tools and assessment methods.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2015
This study explores changes over time in assessment strategies and identifies variables that facilitate that change by examining assessment practices of secondary teacher candidates enrolled in a one-year postbaccalaureate teacher education program that prepares candidates for teaching in rural and urban settings in Alaska. There was a change in emphasis and range of assessment strategies between the first and second semester of the teacher education program. The extent of change varied between rural and urban candidates indicating a need for more attention to the specifics of rural education. The variables that changed candidates’ emphasis and range of assessment strategies the most included mentor teachers, field experiences inclusive of unit planning, and the university coursework.
Updated: May. 04, 2015
The purpose of this article was to examine the characteristics of the challenges and rewards of the classroom assessment . This analysis revealed that educators must understand and analyze four facets or surfaces of classroom assessment including the obstacles, obligations, outcomes, and opportunities. The authors explained the characteristics of each facet and its influences on student growth, teacher development and institutional improvement.
Updated: Apr. 15, 2015
This study analyzed the complete publication history of the current top 100 education journals ranked by 5-year impact factor. The results emphasize the importance of third-party, direct replications in helping education research improve its ability to shape education policy and practice.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2015
In this article, the authors examine a rubric used to assess students’ writing in a large-scale testing program. They present empirical evidence for the existence of a potentially widespread threat to the validity of rubric assessments that arose due to design features. The research casts doubt on whether rubrics with structurally aligned categories can validly assess complex skills.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2015
This article argues for the value of using student ratings to measure quality of teaching. An international study to test the validity of the dynamic model of educational effectiveness was conducted. At classroom level, the model consists of eight factors relating to teacher behaviour: orientation, structuring, questioning, teaching modelling, application, management of time, teacher role in making classroom a learning environment and assessment. The analyses revealed that student ratings are reliable and valid for measuring the functioning of the teacher factors of the dynamic model.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015
Using a Standardized Video-Based Assessment in a University Teacher Education program to Examine Preservice Teachers Knowledge related to Effective Teaching
The purpose of this study was to analyze the implementation of the Video Assessment of Interactions in Learning (VAIL) as a standardized measure of preservice teacher learning. Based on the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, the VAIL measures participants’ ability to identify effective teaching strategies and interactions related to emotional supports, classroom organization, and instructional supports. The data suggest that the VAIL may be a useful tool in examining preservice teacher learning. However, large variability in preservice teachers’ ability to identify effective teaching strategies and behaviors remains unexplained by this model.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2014