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ERIC Number: ED414308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun-18
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
States Set Common Standards, IF...
Hill, Richard
Whether differences in the standards states have set can be explained by something other than regional differences is explored. In addition, a way in which standards can be compared is defined, and the standard of proficiency that seems to be widely shared across the country is illustrated. The Trial State Assessment (TSA) data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are an excellent tool for answering the question of differences in standards. In looking at the TSA data, it is necessary to consider the following aspects of testing: (1) testing equivalent populations; (2) testing under equivalent conditions; (3) the year of the testing program; (4) having similar frameworks and the opportunity to learn; (5) testing at different grade levels; (6) testing in different content areas; and (7) using different years of NAEP data. A look at all these factors makes comparisons complicated, yet some clear and strong patterns emerge. The states tend to cluster in three groups. The first, with standards generally far below those of the NAEP, tend to be in the South. The second, with standards near, but still below the NAEP, is mostly made up of Northeast and North Central states, while the third, with standards somewhat above the NAEP, are states for which Advanced Systems in Measurement and Evaluation, Inc. is the standard-setting contractor. Clear regional differences in standards are noted. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress