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Evans, Carla M.; Lyons, Susan – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2017
The purpose of this study was to test methods that strengthen the comparability claims about annual determinations of student proficiency in English language arts, math, and science (Grades 3-12) in the New Hampshire Performance Assessment of Competency Education (NH PACE) pilot project. First, we examined the literature in order to define…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Language Arts, Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement
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Buzick, Heather M.; Jones, Nathan D. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2015
Much of the recent focus of educational policymakers has been on improving the measurement of teacher effectiveness. Linking student growth to teacher effects has been a large part of reform efforts. To date, neither researchers nor practitioners have arrived at a consensus on how to treat test scores from students with disabilities in…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Scores, Disabilities, Teacher Effectiveness
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Buzick, Heather; Stone, Elizabeth – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2014
Read aloud is a testing accommodation that has been studied by many researchers, and its use on K-12 assessments continues to be debated because of its potential to change the measured construct or unfairly increase test scores. This study is a summary of quantitative research on the read aloud accommodation. Previous studies contributed…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Reading Aloud to Others, Educational Research, Statistical Analysis
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Kingston, Neal; Nash, Brooke – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2011
An effect size of about 0.70 (or 0.40-0.70) is often claimed for the efficacy of formative assessment, but is not supported by the existing research base. More than 300 studies that appeared to address the efficacy of formative assessment in grades K-12 were reviewed. Many of the studies had severely flawed research designs yielding…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Formative Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Effect Size
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Sicoly, Fiore – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2002
Studied the validity of interpretations derived from school-level assessment scores for different content areas using school-level data from 14 large-scale assessment programs. Results raise suspicions about the value and validity of interpretations based on school-level subject area scores. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Large Scale Assessment, Schools
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Qualls, Audrey L. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2001
Studied students' erasure behavior on a standardized (low stakes) test. Results for 5,641 students in grades 4, 8, and 11 suggest that students do change their responses at an average of 6 to 7% of the tested items and that overall achievement appears unrelated to the student's tendency to erase and change a response. Discusses conditions under…
Descriptors: Cheating, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Responses
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Lam, Tony C. M.; Gordon, Wayne I. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
Findings from a state survey about practices in testing students of limited English proficiency (LEP) confirm a general lack of policies and guidelines relating to the standardized achievement testing of LEP students. Concern for LEP students in testing may reflect a general interest in bilingual education. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Administrator Role, Bilingual Education, Educational Policy
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Osterlind, Steven J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1988
How criterion-referenced tests can be used in program and curriculum evaluations is discussed. Topics include: understanding program/curriculum environments, determining an appropriate evaluation model, and standards for determining a CRT's and an evaluation's quality. Five instructional steps are outlined, and an annotated bibliography and a…
Descriptors: Criterion Referenced Tests, Curriculum Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials
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Nolen, Susan Bobbitt; And Others – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
Arizona teachers and administrators (n=2,444) were surveyed to determine (1) use of standardized test scores; (2) teachers' perceptions of others' use of scores; (3) how schools prepare students to take tests; (4) conditions under which tests are given; and (5) views of current testing program effects. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Elementary School Teachers
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Hall, Janie L.; Kleine, Paul F. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
A survey of 2,256 teachers, testing coordinators, principals, and superintendents on ethical issues related to norm-referenced test (NRT) administration and practice found that 44 percent believed that colleagues engage in practices that are blatant cheating, and 78 percent believed that teaching information only because it is on the test occurs.…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Attitude Measures, Cheating, Elementary School Teachers
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Bauer, Ernest A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
The National Association of Test Directors (NATD) conducted a survey of testing issues and practices in members' public school districts in the United States during the 1988-89 school year. Responses from 50 testing directors in large school districts as summarized provide an overview of test use and testing practices. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Public Schools
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Barber, Bonnie L.; And Others – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
State and local policies for disseminating information to parents about statewide educational assessments were studied in a survey of 41 state program directors. Two studies in Michigan examined state policies in 201 districts and the degree to which 105 parents understood test results. Implications for information dissemination are discussed.…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Dissemination
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Gullickson, Arlen R.; Ellwein, Mary C. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1985
Elementary and secondary teachers (N=323) were surveyed to determine teacher use of post hoc classroom test statistics and the relationship of inservice practices to background and instructional characteristics. Results indicate teachers do not analyze test results by methods prescribed by measurement specialists. Implications for preservice…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Goodness of Fit, Higher Education
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Bauer, Ernest A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1985
Misreadings of pencil answer marks on test answer sheets by optical scanners cause scoring errors. Twenty-six different pencils were tested for readability differences when optically scanned. Complete light and dark marks scanned perfectly for 18 pencils. Totals for all six mark types ranged from 947 to 1726 out of 1800. (BS)
Descriptors: Answer Sheets, Elementary Secondary Education, Error of Measurement, Optical Scanners
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Sebring, Penny A.; Boruch, Robert F. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1983
The utility of the federally funded National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is often unclear, and critics have claimed that NAEP is not used. This paper summarizes an exploratory study of evidence against these claims, including that data are most useful to audiences with a national perspective. (Author/CM)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Utilization, Information Utilization
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