Predicting student achievement using measures of teachers' knowledge for teaching geometry

Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, Robert N. Ronau, Susan Peters, Carl W. Lee, William S. Bush

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This article describes the development and validation of two forms of the Geometry Assessments for Secondary Teachers (GAST), which were designed to assess teachers' knowledge for teaching geometry. Both forms were developed by teams of mathematicians, mathematics educators, psychometricians, and secondary classroom geometry teachers. Predictive validity for the GAST assessment was explored by observing and testing 157 teachers as well as administering pre- and post-tests to 3,698 students. The reliability coefficient for both GAST assessment forms was acceptable (r = .79). GAST assessment scores explained a statistically significant but small amount of the variance of student scores, demonstrating an effect that was greater than the number of years of teaching experience but smaller than the effect of having an advanced degree.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-566
Number of pages47
JournalJournal for Research in Mathematics Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant 0821967. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. We acknowledge the vital work of Alpine Testing Solutions, especially co-Principal Investigator Chad Buckendahl, to the overall success of this project.


  • Assessment
  • Geometry and measurement
  • Knowledge for teaching geom-etiy
  • Teacher knowledge
  • Testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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