ERIC Number: ED431798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May-15
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Using Standardized Testing Results To Establish Standards for the Improvement of Student Academic Performance in Indiana.
Costello, Ronald W.
The annual student performance information released in Indiana reports information on many different criteria and treats the data as if all comparisons should be the same. However, Indiana needs to set performance expectations that require all, not just some, students to improve. The Indiana Statewide Test of Educational Proficiencies Plus (ISTEP+) is the testing program mandated by Indiana for grades 3, 6, 8, and 10. Presently data from the ISTEP+ and other achievement tests are compared as if it were important to compare how students at one grade level do in relationship to other students in the same school, other schools, and other school districts. However, test results can be used to set standards for the improvement of all students by tracking and analyzing them over time and determining if there is a relationship between the ISTEP+ student proficiencies and other achievement test results, such as those from Terra Nova. A relationship can be established among ability testing, achievement testing, and essential skill testing for both the state test and other achievement tests (Terra Nova) using new test analysis software available commercially. Performance expectations can be set that assure that all students improve. (Contains three figures, three tables, and three references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana