ERIC Number: ED159176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Non-Normed Tests in the ESEA Title I Evaluation and Reporting System: Some Technical and Policy Issues.
Fishbein, Ronald L.
Intended primarily for local education agency evaluators and state education policy makers, this paper explores several technical and policy issues related to the use of non-normed tests in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I Evaluation and Reporting System (TIERS). The technical issues discussed were: (1) the assumption, necessary to implement the control group (B2) and regression (C2) models, that the ratio between the sample and population standard deviations on the nationally normed test and the test without national norms is the same; (2) the linear transformation used in models B2 and C2 to convert the local treatment effect to normal curve equivalents, along with possible alternative procedures for using non-normed tests in the Title I system; and (3) floor and ceiling effects in relation to model A2 evaluation (the norm-referenced model which can be implemented with a test without national norms through an abbreviated version of equipercentile equating). The policy issues discussed were the scope of the curriculum which can be tested when using a model A2, B2 or C2 evaluation; and additional procedures that might be undertaken. It was concluded that, in the vast majority of cases, only a limited set of program objectives can be evaluated with a standard model A2, B2 or C2 implementation. It was recommended that those employing a non-normed version of the Title I evaluation system consider incorporating a normative assessment component. (Author/CP)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Compensatory Education, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Equated Scores, Mathematical Models, National Norms, Norm Referenced Tests, Policy, Program Evaluation, Scoring, Standardized Tests, Test Interpretation
Ronald L. Fishbein, U.S. Office of Education, FOB-6-Room 3044, 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202 (no charge)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)