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Tool Name
Quality Assessment Notebook

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

Social Studies

Middle Grades

Use of Evaluation
Used in Research

Professional Status


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 Development
All Stages

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.

Borko, H., Stecher, B. M., Martinez, F., Kuffner, K. L., Barnes, D., Arnold, S. C., et al. (2006). Using Classroom Artifacts to Measure Instructional Practice in Middle School Science: A Two-State Field Test (CSE Technical Report 690). Los Angeles: University of California, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST).

Costs for the use of this product have not been established.

Contact Information
Dr. José Felipe Martinez
University of California – Los Angeles
Department of Education
2019B Moore Hall
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521
Phone: 310-794-1853

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