ERIC Number: ED420681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Standards-Based Multiple Measures for IASA, Title I Program Improvement Accountability: A Vital Link with District Core Values. Rowland Unified School District.
Kolls, Mardel R.
In 1995 the Rowland Unified School District (California) developed a new mission statement defining core values for the district's preparation for the 21st century. The district then set about implementing a new accountability system with existing measures to establish baseline data for measuring progress toward the new goals. The focus in this paper is on programs funded under Title I of the Improving America's Schools Act (IASA) and their mandated evaluations for the 1996-97 school year. To determine the performance of each student, district standards are based on a composite performance established through use of grades in math and English, standardized test scores (normal curve equivalents), and a writing sample. Second graders also took a Developmental Reading Assessment. Performance of elementary school students was benchmarked at grades 2 and 5, and that of intermediate school students at grades 7 and 8. Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 were tested at the high school level. Multiple measures used and weighting procedures for the different grade levels are outlined. Combining and weighting of multiple measures produced results for all 21 schools in the district. Results were disaggregated and reported by language fluency, ethnicity, gender, and program services. Results show that schools in need of improvement are consistently low on multiple measures. Setting core values first made it possible to maintain the integrity of the decisions made about the data in the multiple measures process. Three appendixes contain sample essay rubrics, grade level standard for the second grade reading assessment, sample pages from school standards reports, and multiple measures for the 1997-98 school year. (Contains 10 figures and 2 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Improving Americas Schools Act 1994 Title I