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Research Validation

The level of research validation for an assessment is determined by how many of the following categories of research have been done on the instrument:

Categories of research validation:

Based on Research Into:

  • Student thinking (for observation protocols: Classroom behavior)
Studied Using:
  • Student interviews (for observation protocols: Iterative observations)
  • Expert review (for observation protocols: Inter-rater reliability)
  • Appropriate statistical analysis (for observation protocols: Training materials)
Research Conducted:
  • At multiple institutions
  • By multiple research groups
  • Peer-reviewed publication

Research Validation Levels:

  • Gold Star: all 7 categories
  • Silver: 5 or more categories
  • Bronze: 3 or more categories
  • Research-Based: at least 1 category

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7 Research-Based Assessments

Problem-solving Scientific reasoning,
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Problem-solving

Minnesota Assessment of Problem Solving (MAPS)

Problem-solving (Useful problem description, physics approach, specific application of physics, mathematical procedures, logical progression)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Rubric

Developers: Jennifer Docktor and Ken Heller; Translations: en,English; Translators:

Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
n/a min

Assessment of Textbook Problem Solving Ability (ATPSA)

Problem-solving (Newton's laws, momentum, energy)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Short answer

Developers: Jeffrey Marx and Karen Cummings; Translations: en,English; Translators:

Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
45 min

Colorado Assessment of Problem Solving (CAPS)

Problem-solving

Levels: Graduate, Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college, High school, Middle school

Formats: Rubric

Developers: Wendy Adams; Translations: en,English; Translators:

Bronze Validated
60-120 min

Scientific reasoning

Lawson Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning (CTSR)

Scientific reasoning (proportional thinking, probabilistic thinking, correlational thinking, hypothetico-deductive reasoning)

Levels: Intro college, High school, Middle school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Developers: Anton Lawson; Translations: en,ar,es,sr,sv,English,Arabic,Spanish,Serbian,Swedish; Translators: ,Al-Zaghal ,Genaro Zavala and PERIG (Physics Education Research and Innovation Group),Branka Radulović,Joel Andreas Ozolins

Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
30 min

Physics Inventory of Quantitative Literacy (PIQL)

Scientific reasoning (proportional reasoning, reasoning with signed quantities, co-variational reasoning)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Multiple-response

Developers: Suzanne White Brahmia, Alexis Olsho, Trevor I. Smith, Andrew Boudreaux, Philip Eaton, and Charlotte Zimmerman; Translations: en,English; Translators:

Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
30-45 min

Montana State University Formal Reasoning Test (FORT)

Scientific reasoning (hypothesis testing, correlational reasoning, probability, control of variables, proportional reasoning)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Multiple-choice

Developers: Steven T. Kalinowski and Shannon Willoughby; Translations: en,English; Translators:

Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
20 min

Scientific Abilities Assessment Rubrics (SAAR)

Scientific reasoning (represent information in multiple ways, design and conduct experiments, communicate scientific ideas, collect and analyze experimental data, evaluate experimental results)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college, High school

Formats: Rubric

Developers: Eugenia Etkina, Alan Van Heuvelen, Suzanne White-Brahmia, David T. Brookes, Michael Gentile, Sahana Murthy, David Rosengrant, and Aaron Warren; Translations: en,English; Translators:

Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
any min