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Evaluation of Calipers II: Using Simulations to Assess Complex Learning Site Visit Findings

Sep 2012

Deborah La Torre Matrundola, Sandy Chang and Joan Herman

The purpose of these case studies was to examine the ways technology and professional development supported the use of the SimScientists assessment systems. Qualitative research methodology was used to provide narrative descriptions of six classes implementing simulation-based assessments for either the topic of Ecosystems or Atoms and Molecules. Results revealed both strengths and weaknesses concerning technology support for the assessments, as well as technology and professional development support of the teachers. Furthermore, recommendations are provided concerning potential improvements to the assessments, reflection activities, and professional development.

La Torre Matrundola, D., Chang, S., & Herman, J. (2012). Evaluation of Calipers II: Using simulations to assess complex learning site visit findings (CRESST Report 821). Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).