Diagnostic Teacher Assessment in Mathematics and Science (DTAMS): Middle Mathematics Teacher Assessments

Diagnostic Mathematics Assessments for Middle School Teachers are written tests that measure mathematics knowledge in four content domains (Number/Computation, Geometry/Measurement, Probability/Statistics, Algebraic Ideas) and across four types of knowledge (Memorized Knowledge; Conceptual Understanding; Problem Solving/ Reasoning; and Pedagogical Content Knowledge). Researchers, professional development providers, and course instructors can administer the assessments as pre- and post-tests before and after workshops, institutes, or courses to determine growth in teachers' content knowledge. Multiple parallel versions of each assessment are available.

Content

Domains
Subdomain
Topics
Classroom Instruction,
Teacher Knowledge,
Teacher Skills,
Teacher Beliefs,
Teacher Self-Efficacy
Grades
Pre-Kindergarten
Languages
English
Respondent
Teacher

Administration Information

Length
20 items (10 multiple-choice and 10 open-response). Participants usually take between 45-75 minutes to complete the assessment, with the bulk of participants taking about 60 minutes.
Price

Free

Training
Training is not required. Administration instructions are provided with the assessments.
National Sample
No

Access and Use

Peer-Reviewed Study Citations

Cady, J. & Rearden, K. (2009). Delivering Online Professional Development in Mathematics to Rural Educators. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 17(3), 281-298.

Lim, W., & Guerra, P. (2013). Using a Pedagogical Content Knowledge Assessment to Inform a Middle Grades Mathematics Teacher Preparation Program. Georgia Educational Researcher, 10(2).

McGatha, M. B., Bush, W. S., & Rakes, C. (2009). The Effects of Professional Development in Formative Assessment on Mathematics Teaching Performance and Student Achievement. Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, 6(12), 32–43.

Psychometrics

Open Access
Yes
Used in Peer-Reviewed Research
Yes
Psychometric Citations

Saderholm, J., Ronau, R., Brown, E. T., & Collins, G. (2010). Validation of the Diagnostic Teacher Assessment of Mathematics and Science (DTAMS) Instrument. School Science and Mathematics, 110(4), 180–192.