Capstone/Dissertation Title

Making connections: authentic assessment in middle school math

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was how can authentic assessment help middle school students connect math concepts to the real world? The motivation for this project was a student question I often hear: When are we ever going to use this? This led me to research ways to make math more interesting and relevant for middle school students. The project focuses on authentic assessments for three math concepts, ratios/rates, percents and proportions. Pre- and post-tests and pre- and post-assessment journals were used to determine if the authentic assessments helped middle school students connect more concepts to real life after implementing the assessments. The results supported that authentic assessments can help middle school students connect math concepts to real life. After the authentic assessments, all the seventh graders were able to explain how to apply the concepts outside the classroom using a real life example.

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