Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-Based Assessment Resources for Teachers (MOSART)

The Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-Based Assessment Resources for Teachers (MOSART) is a set of teacher knowledge assessments linked to the NRC National Science Education Standards. Assessments are broken down by grade level (K-4, 5-8, and 9-12) and by content area (physical science, earth science, space science, and life science). Assessments are multiple choice with each question asking for the scientifically correct answer (to measure subject matter knowledge) as well as the most popular incorrect answer given by students (to measure knowledge of student misconceptions). Student assessments with items linked to teacher assessments are also available.

Content

Category
Sub-Category
Domains
Teacher Knowledge
Grades
Kindergarten,
1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade
Respondent
Teacher

Administration Information

Length
12-25 items depending on subject area and grade level.
Administration
Computer

Access and Use

Price
Free
Contact
Open Access
Yes
Use in Research

Doyle, J., Sonnert, G., & Sadler, P. (2018). How professional development program features impact the knowledge of science teachers. Professional Development in Education, 46(2), 195-210. https://doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2018.1561493

Sadler, P. M., Sonnert, G., Coyle, H. P., Cook-Smith, N., & Miller, J. L. (2013). The influence of teachers’ knowledge on student learning in middle school physical science classrooms. American Educational Research Journal, 50(5), 1020–1049. https://doi.org/10.3102/0002831213477680

Psychometrics

Scoring
Computer scoring
Referencing
Norm-referenced
Psychometric References

Sadler P., Coyle H., Miller J., Cook-Smith N., Dussault M., Gould R. (2009). The astronomy and space science concept inventory: Development and validation of an assessment instrument aligned with the national standards. Astronomy Education Review, 8(1), 1–26. https://lweb.cfa.harvard.edu/smgphp/mosart/images/sadler_article.pdf

Psychometric Considerations

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