Date Approved

4-24-2002

Embargo Period

5-19-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Lysik, Gerald

Subject(s)

Bells Elementary School (Washington Township, N.J.); Fourth grade (Education) Fourth grade (Education); Science--Study and teaching (Elementary)

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of authentic assessments on Bells Elementary School students' understanding of science concepts. In this study the Washington Township Public Schools' Elementary School Science Committee created open-ended authentic assessments to enhance the district's science curriculum. The subjects of the study were of various ethnic and economic backgrounds. They were heterogeneously grouped members of self-contained fourth grade classrooms. Surveys of the classroom teachers at Bells Elementary School found that the teachers believed their instruction had changed as a result of the new assessments. They also felt that students were better able to demonstrate understanding of science concepts. Due to the time constraints of the study, no numerical data could be collected to support their belief.

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