Teachers' Perceptions of Students' Reading Abilities: An Examination of the Relationship Between Teachers' Judgments and Students' Performance Across a Continuum of Rating Methods

John C. Begeny, Tanya L. Eckert, Staci A. Montarello, Michelle S. Storie

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Abstract

Teacher perceptions about students' academic abilities are important for several reasons (e.g., instructional decision making, special education entitlement decisions). Not surprisingly, researchers have investigated the accuracy of teachers' decisions. Although some data reveal that teachers are relatively good judges of academic performance, other findings have suggested otherwise. A likely explanation for conflicting findings is the varying assessment methods (e.g., direct vs. indirect, norm-referenced vs. peer-independent) and different data analysis procedures that have been used across studies. The purpose of this study was to investigate a continuum of teacher-perception assessment methods as they corresponded to students' oral reading fluency performance. Participants included 10 teachers and 87 first, second, and third grade students from a suburban school in the northeast. Overall results suggested that teachers were generally accurate when estimating students' performance when students had strong oral reading fluency skills, but teachers had more difficulty judging students with average to low oral reading fluency. Further, data interpretation of teachers' judgment accuracy differed somewhat depending upon the statistical method employed. Implications, limitations, and suggestions for future research related to this study are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-55
Number of pages13
JournalSchool Psychology Quarterly
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

Keywords

  • curriculum-based measurement
  • oral reading fluency
  • teacher judgments
  • teacher ratings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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