Measuring the Effects of Self Assessment and Reflection in the Middle School Math Classroom

Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Coquyt


Self Assessment, Self Reflection, Middle School, Mathematics


The purpose of this study is to measure the effect of self assessment and self reflection on middle school math performance. There has been much research around the positive effects of self assessment in many areas of education, but this study will focus specifically on math. Middle schoolers seem to struggle with intrinsic motivation. They struggle to complete homework and to see the value in homework. Studies have shown that self assessment and reflection can help increase motivation and lead to more successful experiences for students. One class of 33 eighth graders was studied. Students completed daily assessments and reflections regarding their understanding. They also reflected and assessed their performance on chapter tests. A pre and post study survey was also used to gauge student’s mathematical beliefs. I believe through self assessment and self reflection, I will see an increase in motivation, scores and a more positive overall attitude.

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