TITLE

AN EXAMINATION OF A STATE-LEVEL MATHEMATICS TEST: WHAT TYPE OF LEARNING DOES THE TEST ACTUALLY MEASURE?

AUTHOR(S)
Wilkins, Jesse L. M.; Jones, Brett D.
PUB. DATE
December 2009
SOURCE
Planning & Changing;2009, Vol. 40 Issue 3/4, p194
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article features research on a high-stakes mathematics test presented to fourth-grade students in Virginia in order to determine whether the test focuses on basic skills or includes high-order thinking skills such as problem solving. The authors offer insight into the impact of standardized testing on teaching and learning and Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL) and associated tests to evaluate the success of schools and teachers. They report that a passing score on the SOL mathematics test did not necessarily mean that students had enough conceptual understanding or problem solving skills. They say that the test is a measure of basic skills and procedures and should be changed so it can be an indicator of students' higher level thinking.
ACCESSION #
53770970

 

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