ERIC Number: ED427027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Handbook for the Development of Performance Standards: Meeting the Requirements of Title I.
Hansche, Linda N.
Title I of the Improving America's Schools Act (IASA) of 1994 provides funds for schools with large concentrations of children from low-income families. A fundamental requirement is that children served by Title I funds must be educated according to the same academic standards as all other students. This handbook focuses on methods for developing performance standards in the aligned system of standards and assessments required by IASA Title I. The handbook aims to capture the best of current practice, without relying solely on the published literature, by drawing on the experiences of educators and recent research. The first section (chapters 1-4) defines performance standards in the context of an aligned education system and provides advice for developing a system of performance standards. Chapters introduce the idea of performance standards as a system, provide background about Title I legislation, and define terms related to performance standards. The second section (chapters 5-8) contains several state stories about initiating and developing performance standards and standards-based assessment programs. Chapters focus on Colorado, Maryland, Oregon, and Wyoming. The third section (chapters 9-10) contains the work of nationally recognized researchers in the field of assessment. Chapter 9, "Creating Descriptions of Desired Student Achievement When Setting Performance Standards" by Craig N. Mills and Richard M. Jaeger, describes a method for developing performance standards. Chapter 10, "Setting Performance Standards on Achievement Tests: Meeting the Requirements of Title I" by Ronald K. Hambleton, synthesizes research related to cutting scores. Most chapters contain references. Four appendixes present the instruments. (Contains 16 figures and 4 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Compensatory Education, Cutting Scores, Educational Assessment, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Low Income Groups, Performance Factors, Standard Setting (Scoring), Standards, State Programs
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.; Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Improving Americas Schools Act 1994 Title I