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Camara, Wayne J.; Mattern, Krista; Croft, Michelle; Vispoel, Sara; Nichols, Paul – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
In 2018, 26 states administered a college admissions test to all public school juniors. Nearly half of those states proposed to use those scores as their academic achievement indicators for federal accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); many others are planning to use those scores for other accountability purposes.…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Accountability, Scores, Academic Achievement
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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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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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Haertel, Edward H. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2002
Outlines a framework for considering the validity of standards-based score interpretations and then considers the potential roles of different stakeholder groups and other participants in that process. Suggests study of a new standard-setting method, the "briefing book," which would describe alternative cut scores. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Cutting Scores, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests
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Buckendahl, Chad W.; Impara, James C.; Plake, Barbara S. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2002
Proposed an accountably model that addresses the challenges of allowing school districts to choose the specific strategies they use to measure student performance and evaluated this model using data from multiple sources for all school districts in Florida. Findings identify three strategies that would be useful for this type of accountability…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment
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Lane, Suzanne; Stone, Clement A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2002
Addresses issues in evaluating the consequences of assessment programs that are developed to hold schools accountable to state standards. Proposes a validation study to obtain consequential evidence for state assessment and accountability programs that includes a validity argument, propositions that follow from the validity argument, a definition…
Descriptors: Accountability, Achievement Gains, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education
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Brennan, Robert L. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2001
Discusses some problems, pitfalls, and paradoxes that challenge measurement theory and practice, especially for K-12 achievement testing. Considers a number of technical issues, especially some related to reliability. Also discusses a number of practical or political issues related to validation and accountability. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Achievement Tests, Educational Testing, Educational Theories
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Cole, Nancy S. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1984
Several issues facing the measurement community were brought on by the recent emphasis on stricter educational accountability measures. These testing issues include the limits of test scores, effects of testing on instruction, proper test use, importance of the test content, and defining the basics in education. (EGS)
Descriptors: Accountability, Back to Basics, Basic Skills, Educational Improvement
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Philips, S. E. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1996
Precedents from litigation on state graduation assessments provide insight into the potential legal arguments challengers may raise with regard to mandated content and performance standards for all students. Clearly documented, fairly administered procedures that adhere to professional recommendations will be the hallmark of defensible standards.…
Descriptors: Accountability, Court Litigation, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy
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Miller, M. David; Legg, Sue M. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1993
Implications of using alternative assessments for accountability in a high-stakes testing environment (using tests to make impact decisions for students, schools, or teachers) are examined. The psychometric properties of standardized alternative assessments are discussed, and the consequences of their use are considered. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Alternative Assessment, Decision Making, Educational Assessment
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Popham, W. James – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
Test specifications need to take a middle road so that they are not so general that instructional targeting is impossible and not so specific that only unitary assessment targets are fostered. Using illustrative sample items provides a good means of communicating the items eligible to be tested. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education
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Mehrens, William A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
The use of performance assessments in accountability programs is discussed. Performance assessments have the potential to measure important objectives not easily measured by multiple-choice tests. Nevertheless, they are not suitable for every purpose, and their use should not be oversold. Many psychometric issues remain to be resolved. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Measurement Techniques
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Madaus, George F. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
The need for an independent mechanism that regulates, or audits, the testing enterprise is discussed along with a critique of current mechanisms for challenging a high-stakes test or its use and the need for independent auditing of the commercial test industry. Models for an auditing mechanism are reviewed. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education
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Elliott, Emerson J.; Hall, Ron – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1985
Current nationwide efforts to improve education call for new information for policymakers in testing and evaluation. Recent state and national evaluation activities, including the Department of Education's project to establish statistical indicators for education, are discussed. Guidelines are given for developing reasonable and appropriate…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Change
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Turlington, Ralph D. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1985
Testing programs enacted by the state legislature are changing and improving Florida's educational system in five areas: (1) setting standards for students; (2) making schools more accountable; (3) creating growth through competiton; (4) evaluating educational programs; and (5) assuring the competency of educators. (BS)
Descriptors: Accountability, Achievement Tests, Competency Based Education, Competition
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