M.A. in School Administration
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Bells Elementary School (Washington Township, N.J.); Fourth grade (Education) Fourth grade (Education); Science--Study and teaching (Elementary)
Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration
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.
Trow, Timothy L., "The effects of authentic assessment in elementary school science" (2002). Theses and Dissertations. 1521.