ERIC Number: ED266156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Using State Test Data for National Indicators of Education Quality: A Feasibility Study. Final Report.
Burstein, Leigh; And Others
The desire for a national picture of educational quality remains a continuing but unresolved goal. A question has been raised among high level policymakers regarding the feasibility of using existing data collected by the states to construct education indicators for state-by-state comparisons of student performance at the national level. A feasibility study was contracted to the UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation (CSE) to explore the methodological and implementation issues of this approach. The results of the feasibility study are described and discussed in this report. Included in the study are analyses of: (1) the general characteristics of current state testing programs and of the content of currently used state tests; (2) alternative approaches to linking test results across states to create a common scale for purposes of comparison; and (3) the availability of auxiliary information about students and schools and its potential use in creating more valid indicators of achievement. These analyses culminated in a number of recommendations about ways to facilitate the use of state data for national comparisons. These recommendations focus on basic preconditions, proposed approaches, pilot study needs, auxiliary information collection and documentation, and strategies for optimizing political, institutional, and economic support. (Author/LMO)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Feasibility Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Mastery Tests, Minimum Competency Testing, National Norms, Pilot Projects, Public Policy, Standardized Tests, State Programs, State Surveys, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress