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Diagnostic Geometry Assessment: Phase Six

We are recruiting for the DGA Phase Six: Online Subject Tests! This phase will begin on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 and end on Friday, April 12, 2013.

What is the purpose of the research study?
What is required of me to participate?
What are the benefits of participation?
What are the technology requirements?
How can I get more information or sign up for the study?

What is the purpose of the research study?

The Diagnostic Geometry Assessment (DGA) project is a federally-funded research project. The DGA aims to develop a formative assessment that middle-school teachers can use to identify the misconceptions and degrees of understanding that their students hold in geometry. You can read about the details of the study at the DGA Research Study Page. For the final phase of the DGA, the researchers are exploring different areas within mathematics. To this end, middle school teachers will administer online tests in algebra, proportional reasoning, and probability to their students. The results of these administrations will be used to expand future work similar to the DGA.

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What is required of me to participate?

To participate, you must agree to complete two requirements between March 12 and April 12.

  1. Student Testing: You will administer one, two, or three subject tests to at least one classroom of students (approximately 20 students). You can choose to administer the test focusing on Mathematical Reasoning (including Ratios and Proportional Reasoning) (40 items), Algebra (20 items), and/or Probability (20 items).
  2. Teacher Surveys: You will complete two online surveys. The first survey is a classroom assessment that asks you to assess each student that completed the online tests as “below average, average, or above average” in mathematics. You will also indicate students that you think might have misconceptions in the three areas of mathematics. The second survey is an Exit Survey that asks you about your experiences with participation and about your demographics. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete both surveys.

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What are the benefits of participation?

Upon completion of the requirements, you will receive a stipend for each subject test administered ($150 for Mathematical Reasoning, $100 for the other two subject tests; maximum stipend is $350). You will also receive instant feedback about your students' performance on the online tests.

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What are the technology requirements?

In order to participate, you must have the ability to give an online test to a classroom of your students (e.g., an Internet-connected computer lab). Each computer used by the students must have:

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How can I get more information or sign up for the study?

To participate in Phase Six, please, e-mail the study director,
Jessica Masters (masters.jessica@measuredprogress.org).

To register for the study, please complete an online registration form here: Online Registration Form

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