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Assessment literacy and efficacy: Making valid educational decisions


2008 2008

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of the study was to gather information from practicing teachers about their knowledge and use of assessment in the classroom, referred to as assessment literacy; their confidence to effectively assess student progress and make valid educational decisions, referred to as assessment efficacy; and their beliefs about the consequences of these decisions. A two-part survey was administered to general and special education teachers in selected schools in western Massachusetts: an assessment literacy questionnaire to determine knowledge of assessment principles, and an assessment efficacy scale to determine confidence in using assessment results. The second part of the study was an interview of a sample of teachers about the consequences of educational decisions that are made using assessment data.

The participants were mostly general education teachers at the secondary level, with graduate degrees, and prior training in assessment; and were almost equally divided by years of experience. They perceived themselves to be somewhat prepared to very prepared to teach and assess student performance; but less than two-thirds of the teachers responded correctly to 70% of the items on the adapted assessment literacy questionnaire. The participants generally perceived themselves to be confident in their skills to make appropriate educational decisions, thus possessing a high level of assessment efficacy. The responses from the interviews indicated that the teachers perceived that the decisions they make from classroom-based, school- and district-wide assessments had valid and meaningful outcomes when they were correct, and implemented appropriately. Their responses indicated concern about the unintended consequences of decisions that are made from the statewide assessment.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational tests & measurements;
Teacher education;
Decision making models;
Information management;
Classroom management
Classification
0288: Educational tests & measurements
0530: Teacher education
Identifier / keyword
Education, Assessment efficacy, Assessment literacy, Decision-making, Teacher efficacy
Title
Assessment literacy and efficacy: Making valid educational decisions
Author
Chapman, Mary Lou
Number of pages
118
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 69/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549786078
Advisor
Scarpati, Stanley E.
Committee member
Lattuca, Frank P.; Sireci, Stephen G.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3325124
ProQuest document ID
304577833
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304577833
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