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Lecture: The Instructional Quality Assessment Toolkit in Mathematics
Friday, February 17, 2012 - 3:15pm

The Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series*

Melissa Boston
School of Education,  Duquesne University

The Instructional Quality Assessment Toolkit in Mathematics

Abstract:  In this talk, I will describe the development of the Instructional Quality Assessment Toolkit in Mathematics, a set of rubrics for measuring the rigor and quality of mathematics instruction based on classroom observations and collections of students' written work. I will present the conceptual foundation underlying the rubric dimensions and the tests of technical quality conducted internally and externally. I will discuss the types of research for which the IQA is best suited, and beyond research, how the IQA can serve as a tool for the professional learning of mathematics teachers and instructional leaders. By design, the rubrics identify specific aspects of ambitious instruction 1) empirically shown to impact students' learning and 2) that can be enhanced by engaging teachers in readily-available professional development materials. For different stakeholders in the educational system, the rubrics can serve as boundary objects to communicate a shared vision of ambitious mathematics instruction between teachers and instructional leaders and to serve as a formative evaluation tool for classroom observations, thereby setting expectations and accountability for high-quality teaching. Ideally, the IQA and other direct measures of teaching will someday be incorporated into formal assessments of teaching quality at scale, supplementing or replacing the current national fixation on indirect assessments of teacher quality.

Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 3:15pm
Neuberger Hall room 454
(Refreshments served at 3:00 Neuberger Hall room 344)

* Sponsored by the Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series Fund and the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, PSU. This event is free and open to the public.