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ERIC Number: ED437416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 14
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Differentiation of Schools by Successfulness on a Statewide Test.
Schafer, William D.
The Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP) offers a relatively new way to measure achievement in schools. Six content areas are tested in grades 3 and 5. The use of the MSPAP to differentiate among schools in terms of success was studied using data for the 775 Maryland elementary schools that were active in 1995. Test results for the academic years 1992 through 1995 were included. A series of regression models were developed to predict the school means for each content area. Using weighted regression, weighting by the inverse variance of error of the mean, the content area score was predicted for each school at each of the two grade levels. Regressions were repeated adding the 1999 (x-1) mean MSPAP content area score at that grade level to have a measure that could tap gains in performance along with a previous measure that evaluates absolute performance in relation to the demographic variables. Thirty-six regressions (6 content areas by 2 grades by 3 years) were developed, and the studentized residuals from each equation were retained for further analyses. Composite variables were created as sums of residuals across grades and content areas. Results, which suggest moderate stability between the third and fifth grade residuals for each content area, indicate that is seems appropriate to aggregate MSPAP residuals across content areas to assess successfulness at the school level. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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