Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 127–138 | Cite as

Development of a performance assessment task and rubric to measure prospective secondary school mathematics teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge and skills

  • Hari P. Koirala
  • Marsha Davis
  • Peter Johnson


The purpose of this paper is to share a performance assessment task and rubric designed to assess secondary school mathematics preservice teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge and skills. The assessment task and rubric were developed in collaboration with five education faculty, four arts and sciences faculty, and four high school teachers over a period of one year. Over this period, the group met more than 15 times and designed an assessment task and rubric to measure secondary school preservice teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge and skills. The assessment task and rubric were piloted at the end of the year and extensively revised using the pilot data. The redesigned task and rubric were successfully carried out in the second and subsequent years. Other teacher education programs can benefit from this assessment of teacher candidates’ pedagogical content knowledge and skills.


Secondary school preservice teachers Mathematics education NCATE/NCTM Program Standards Teachers’ knowledge Pedagogical content knowledge and skills Performance assessment Rubric 



The research reported in this manuscript was supported by a grant from Title II federal funding through the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) to Eastern Connecticut State University. The opinions expressed in this manuscript do not necessarily reflect the opinion and policy of the federal government or CSDE. We gratefully acknowledge the help of Jeanelle Day, Laura Dawley, Ken Dobush, Ann Higginbotham, Ross Koning, Kathy Lake, Karen Legg, Steve Merlino, Georgette Nemr, Elaine Reynolds, Irv Richardson, Leslie Ricklin, Dan Rothermel, Elena Tapia, and Janice Vuolo who diligently worked for a year in the development of the performance task and rubric presented in this manuscript. This work would not have been possible without their generous time and support. We would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions in earlier versions of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mathematics EducationEastern Connecticut State UniversityWillimanticUSA
  2. 2.Mathematics DepartmentEastern Connecticut State UniversityWillimanticUSA

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