Assessment in statistics education: Issues and challenges


Authors: 
Garfield, J. & Chance, B.
Category: 
Volume: 
2(1-2)
Pages: 
99-125
Year: 
2000
Publisher: 
Mathematical Thinking and Learning
Abstract: 

There have been many changes in educational assessment in recent years, both within the fields of mesurement and evaluation and in specific disciplines. In this article, we summarize current assessment practices in statistics education, distinguishing between assessment for different purposes and assessment at different educational levels. To provide a context for asessment of statistical learning, we first describe current learning goals for students. We then highlight recent assessment methods being used for different puposes: indicvdual student ecvaluation, large-scale group evaluation, and as a researc tool. Example of assessment used in teaching statistics in primary schools, secondary schools, and teriary schools are given. We then focus on 3 examples of effetive uses of assessment and conclude with a description of some current assessment challenges.