Alternative Assessment: Effects on Students’ Perception and Achievement

Kristen Kopf, Andrew Parker, Leah A. Nillas

Research output: Faculty Advisor of Undergraduate Research


This research investigates the effect of alternative assessment on students’ perception and achievement in six, 9th grade biology classrooms. Students’ perception was determined through the use of a Likert scale questionnaire which compared confidence levels and preference for traditional verses alternative assessment. Achievement was measured according to academic grades from both types of assessment. Our findings indicate a significant student preference for multiple-choice exams as well as greater achievement in traditional assessment methods. The results suggest a further investigation of assessment practices is needed in order to more accurately describe the relationship between assessment strategies, student perception and student achievement.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • assessment
  • alternative
  • achievement


  • Education
  • Science and Mathematics Education

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