Assessing Mathematical Proficiency
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|Downloadable Cambridge University Press volume of a 2004 conference held by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) that brought together a diverse collection of stakeholders in mathematics assessment to examine the goals of assessment and the varied roles that it plays — in particular, the challenges of assessing student learning in ways that support instructional improvement; ethical issues related to assessment, including the impact of testing on urban and high-poverty schools; the different (and sometimes conflicting) needs of the different groups; and different frameworks, tools, and methods for assessment, comparing the kinds of information they offer about students' mathematical proficiency. Chapters include "Issues and Tensions in the Assessment of Mathematical Proficiency" (by Alan Schoenfeld); "Aims of Mathematics Education" (Judith A. Ramaley); "The No Child Left Behind Act: Political Context and National Goals" (Susan Sclafani); "What Is Mathematical Proficiency?" (R. James Milgram); "Aspects of the Art of Assessment Design" (Jan De Lange); "Mathematical Proficiency for Citizenship" (Bernard L. Madison); "Learning from Assessmen" (Richard Askey); "When Assessment Guides Instruction: Silicon Valley's Mathematics Assessment Collaborative" (David Foster, Pendred Noyce, and Sara Spiegel); "Assessing the Strands of Student Proficiency in Elementary Algebra" (William G. McCallum); "Making Meaning in Algebra: Examining Students' Understandings and Misconceptions" (David Foster); "Learning About Fractions from Assessment" (Linda Fisher); "Assessing a Student's Mathematical Knowledge by Way of Interview" (Deborah Loewenberg Ball with Brandon Peoples); "Assessment in France" (Michèle Artigue); "Assessment to Improve Learning in Mathematics: The BEAR Assessment System" (Mark Wilson and Claus Carstensen); "English Learners and Mathematics Learning: Language Issues to Consider" (Lily Wong Fillmore); "Assessment in the Real World: The Case of New York City" (Elizabeth Taleporos); and "Perspectives on State Assessments in California: What You Release Is What Teachers Get" (Elizabeth K. Stage).What Is Mathematical Proficiency?|
|Levels:||Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Math Topics:||Basic Algebra, Fractions/Decimals/Percents|
|Math Ed Topics:||Assessment/Testing, English as Second Language, Specific Math Concepts/Techniques, Writing/Communication in Math, Math Ed Research/Reform, Educational Systems, Equity|
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