Research


Student Assessments

National Agricultural Literacy Outcome Assessments

The development of grade appropriate, research-based psychometric assessments began in 2018. The instruments were created using domain analysis to measure three proficiency levels: 1) Limited or developing agricultural exposure, 2) Functional agricultural literacy, and 3) Practical & applicable agriculture proficiency. The assessment links below include the instruction for administering each assessment, the interpretation of results, and the appropriate citation for each instrument. If you have questions please contact  Dr. Debra Spielmaker, the NCAL Team Leader.

Download the appropriate grade level file for measuring the NALOs.

View Rose Judd-Murray's dissertation defense on the development of the grade 9-12 assessments, March 15, 2019.

 

Related Research and Assessment Tools

Brandt, M. R. (2016). Exploring elementary students' agricultural and scientific knowledge using evidence centered design (Master's thesis). Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/natresdiss/131/. View a short webinar about how to use the assessment tools developed in this research project.

Kahan, D. M. (2014). Ordinary science intelligence: A science comprehension measure for use in the study of risk perception and science communication. Ordinary Science Intelligence Scale

Wray, P. (2016). Evaluating the effectiveness of Utah farm field days (Master's thesis). Retrieved from
https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6853&context=etd.

MOSART project (Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-based Assessment Resources for Teachers). Each MOSART assessment instrument comprises a set of multiple-choice items that are linked to the K–12 physical science and earth science content, and K–8 life science content in the NRC National Science Education Standards, as well as to the research literature documenting misconceptions concerning science concepts. These instruments may be adapted to measure agricultural literacy-science related misconceptions.

Food and Fiber Systems Literacy Project (1998): K-8 Criterion referenced knowledge-based instruments. Posted here with permission from the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma State University.

Image Analysis