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Welsh, Megan E.; D'Agostino, Jerome V.; Kaniskan, Burcu – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2013
Standards-based progress reports (SBPRs) require teachers to grade students using the performance levels reported by state tests and are an increasingly popular report card format. They may help to increase teacher familiarity with state standards, encourage teachers to exclude nonacademic factors from grades, and/or improve communication with…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Grading, Report Cards, State Standards
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Ferrara, Steve; Svetina, Dubravka; Skucha, Sylvia; Davidson, Anne H. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2011
Items on test score scales located at and below the Proficient cut score define the content area knowledge and skills required to achieve proficiency. Alternately, examinees who perform at the Proficient level on a test can be expected to be able to demonstrate that they have mastered most of the knowledge and skills represented by the items at…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Mathematics Tests, Program Effectiveness, Inferences
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Hein, Serge F.; Skaggs, Gary – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2010
Increasingly, research has focused on the cognitive processes associated with various standard-setting activities. This qualitative study involved an examination of 16 third-grade reading teachers' experiences with the cognitive task of conceptualizing an entire classroom of hypothetical target students when the single-passage bookmark method or…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Standard Setting, Interviews, Reading Teachers
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Briggs, Derek C.; Weeks, Jonathan P. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2009
Most growth models implicitly assume that test scores have been vertically scaled. What may not be widely appreciated are the different choices that must be made when creating a vertical score scale. In this paper empirical patterns of growth in student achievement are compared as a function of different approaches to creating a vertical scale.…
Descriptors: Scaling, Models, Longitudinal Studies, Academic Achievement
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Kato, Kentaro; Moen, Ross E.; Thurlow, Martha L. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2009
Large data sets from a state reading assessment for third and fifth graders were analyzed to examine differential item functioning (DIF), differential distractor functioning (DDF), and differential omission frequency (DOF) between students with particular categories of disabilities (speech/language impairments, learning disabilities, and emotional…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Language Impairments, Behavior Disorders, Affective Behavior
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Andrade, Heidi L.; Du, Ying; Wang, Xiaolei – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2008
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of reading a model written assignment, generating a list of criteria for the assignment, and self-assessing according to a rubric, as well as gender, time spent writing, prior rubric use, and previous achievement on elementary school students' scores for a written assignment (N = 116).…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Models, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Kopriva, Rebecca J.; Emick, Jessica E.; Hipolito-Delgado, Carlos Porfirio; Cameron, Catherine A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2007
Does it matter if students are appropriately assigned to test accommodations? Using a randomized method, this study found that individual students assigned accommodations keyed to their particular needs were significantly more efficacious for English language learners (ELLs) and that little difference was reported between students receiving…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Student Needs, Testing Accommodations, English (Second Language)