ERIC Number: ED441028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Linking Student and Programmatic Characteristics to Test Performance: Issues and Solutions.
Liu, Kristin Kline; Thurlow, Martha; Albus, Debra; Spicuzza, Richard; Minnema, Jane
This study was conducted to analyze student background characteristics and educational history data that affect participation and performance of non-English language background students, including those with limited English proficiency, on Minnesota's Basic Standards Test. Data were obtained from individual student cumulative files in six schools in two districts with large numbers of non-English language background students. The cumulative files of more than 600 students were examined, but many (17% and 19% in the 2 districts respectively, with up to 100% at 1 school) were not usable. The review of student files resulted in the development of recommendations for better data collection, with the ideal being a computerized database for each school and district to eliminate duplication of records. Also needed are commonly recognized data elements to be collected for all English language learners. Selecting computer software to make sharing information easier is also recommended. Other recommendations center on the use of standardized tests and training for school staff. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota