Hodgepodge reconfirmed: Pre-service teachers’ assessment of 7th-grade students’ learning.

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American Educational Research Association Annual Conference

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School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service


The purpose of this study was to examine how 52 pre-service teachers (PSTs) assessed 7th-grade students’ learning of social studies lessons they planned and taught. The PSTs provided assessment artifacts on 312 students, along with explanations for how they assessed and graded each student. Of the 429 coded assessment explanations, 240 (56%) related directly to students’ social studies achievement, 141 (33%) related to non-achievement factors, and 48 (11%) related to achievement factors not connected with social studies. The pre-service teachers used a combination of student achievement, effort, behavior, and ability to make their grading judgments.

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