Assessing Mathematical Proficiency

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $14.25
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 88%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $14.25   
  • New (3) from $89.07   
  • Used (2) from $14.25   


Testing matters! It can determine kids' and schools' futures. In a conference at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, mathematicians, math education researchers, teachers, test developers, and policymakers gathered to work through critical issues related to mathematics assessment. This volume presents the results of the discussions. It highlights the kinds of information that different assessments can offer, including many examples of some of the best mathematics assessments worldwide. A special feature is an interview with a student about his knowledge of fractions and a demonstration of what interviews (versus standardized tests) can reveal.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Anyone interested in the current state of assessment in mathematics education will find this book relevant."
Scott A. Fellows, Mathematics Teacher

"The book... is though provoking. The authors succeed in showing the complexity of the problem of assessing mathematical proficiency and the difference, sometimes dramatic, in the perception of this issue by various stakeholders. The majority of them convincingly argue in favor of tasks and procedures that would go beyond simple computational or operational abilities."
Alex Kozulin, American Journal of Psychology

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Alan Schoenfeld is the Elizabeth and Edward Conner Professor of Education and Affiliated Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface Alan H. Schoenfeld; Part I. The Big Picture: 1. Issues and tensions in the assessment of mathematical proficiency Alan H. Schoenfeld; 2. Crucial contemporary social, political, and cultural issues in mathematical assessment in the United States Judith Ramaley; 3. Crucial contemporary social, political, and cultural issues in mathematical assessment in the United States Susan Sclafani; Part II. Perspectives on Mathematical Proficiency: 4. What is mathematical proficiency? R. James Milgram; 5. What is mathematical proficiency (and how can it be assessed)? Alan H. Schoenfeld; Part III. What Does Assessment Assess? Issues and Examples: 6. Assessing mathematical proficiency: what is important? Hugh Burkhardt; 7. Aspects of the art of assessment design Jan de Lange; 8. Mathematical proficiency for citizenship Bernard Madison; 9. Learning from assessment Richard Askey; 10. Using assessment to design professional development David Foster; Part IV. The Case of Algebra: 11. Context and learning: an assessment of 'real world' mathematics tasks Ann Shannon; 12. Making meaning in algebra: examining students' understandings and misconceptions David Foster; 13. Assessing the strands of student proficiency in elementary algebra William McCallum; Part V. What Do Different Assessments Assess?: 14. Learning about fractions from assessment Linda Fisher; 15. Brandon interview and commentary, plus CD of interview Deborah Ball; Part VI. The Importance of Context: 16. Assessment of mathematics learning in France Michele Artigue; 17. Assessment to improve learning in mathematics: the BEAR assessment system Mark Wilson and Claus Carstensen; 18. English learners and math learning: language issues for the math educators to consider Lily W. Fillmore; 19. Beyond words to mathematical content: assessing English language learners in the mathematics classroom Judit Moschkovich; 20. Assessment in the real world: the case of New York city Elizabeth Taleporos; 21. Perspectives on state assessments in California Elizabeth Stage; Part VII. What Do We Need To Know?: 22. Research agenda emerging from the conference.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)