ERIC Number: ED109246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Appropriate and Inappropriate Uses of Grade Level Equivalents in School Evaluation.
Hathaway, Walter E.
The Portland Board of Education had requested that the Oregon Central Evaluation Department provide student achievement data so as to allow comparisons with other school districts by reporting national grade level equivalent (GLE) scores on standardized tests of reading and mathematics for grades 4 and 8. For years, the position of most research and evaluation personnel in Portland's district has been that national GLEs are an inadequate and misleading type of score for representing student achievement in the district. This position has been based on information about the discrepant meaning of GLEs from test to test and also upon certain technical characteristics of these scores that might make them unsuitable for research and evaluation purposes. This paper discusses the advantages, disadvantages, differences in variations, interpretations, interpolations and alternatives to reporting GLEs and other standardized scores. (Author/DEP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods, Grade Equivalent Scores, Measurement Techniques, School Districts, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation, Test Interpretation, Test Results, Testing, Testing Problems, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document