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Tool Name
Quality Assessment Notebook

Evaluation Type
Instructional Artifacts
Teacher Self-Report Measures
Student Surveys
Student Performance Measures
Combination Models

Social Studies specific

Middle Grades only

Use of Evaluation
Used in Research


This product was developed by Jose Felipe Martinez, University of California–Los Angeles; Hilda Borko, Stanford University; and Brian Stecher, RAND Corporation.

Product Description
The Quality Assessment Notebook is currently being piloted through a collaborative research project at the University of California–Los Angeles and Stanford University to evaluate middle school science assessment practices. "Quality assessment" involves setting goals, assessing students, and using the information collected to adapt instruction and promote learning. In the study, trained raters will assess notebooks compiled by 40 Grade 8 science teachers containing assessment materials (e.g., lesson plans, assignments, quizzes, and examinations), teacher feedback, and survey data from teachers and students. The researchers will investigate reliability (whether ratings of quality assessment based on notebooks are consistent across raters, science topics, and time) and validity (whether the ratings provide overlapping information about assessment practice compared with teacher and student surveys). Additional analyses investigate whether notebook ratings predict student achievement on the California Standards Test in Science.

General Target Population Information
The research focuses specifically on middle school science teachers.

Stage of Teacher Development
Any Stage

This assessment is currently in use for research purposes in California.

Research and Resources
Jose Felipe Martinez and Hilda Borko are currently investigating the reliability and validity of this assessment. Their work is funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and will be completed in 2011.

Cost for the use of this product has not been established.

Contact Information
Dr. Jose Felipe Martinez
2019B Moore Hall
University of California–Los Angeles
Department of Education
Phone: 310-825-794-1853

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