ERIC Number: ED390910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Using Performance Standards To Report National and State Assessment Data: Are the Reports Understandable and How Can They Be Improved?
Hambleton, Ronald K.; Slater, Sharon
Considerable evidence suggests that policy-makers, educators, the media, and the public do not understand national and state test results. The problems appear to be two-fold: the scales on which scores are reported seem confusing, and the report forms themselves are often too complex for the intended audiences. This paper addresses two topics. The first is to make test-score reporting scales more meaningful for policymakers, educators, and the media. Of particular importance in work on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) was the use of performance standards in score reporting. The second topic is the actual report forms that are used to communicate results. Results from a recent interview study with 60 participants using the Executive Summary of the 1992 NAEP Mathematics Assessment were used to highlight problems in score reporting and to suggest guidelines for improvement. The burden is on the reporting agency to ensure that reporting scales are meaningful and that reported scales are valid for the recommended uses. (Contains 3 tables, 4 figures, and 21 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Large Scale Programs; Meaningfulness; National Assessment of Educational Progress
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Conference on Standard Setting for Large-Scale Assessments (Washington, DC, October 5-7, 1994.) Also published as "Laboratory of Psychometric and Evaluative Research Report No. 271" of the School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.