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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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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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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)