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ERIC Number: ED443876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-25
Pages: 20
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Student Performance and Student Growth as Measures of Success: An Evaluator's Perspective.
Hansen, Joe B.
Measuring the academic achievement of students at the extremes of a grade level distribution accurately poses challenges that may be compounded if a single-level assessment is used for each grade level. Multiple level of achievement measures, such as the Achievement Level Tests (ALT), can help overcome these challenges by increasing the accuracy of the obtained achievement estimate. ALTs provide increased accuracy by providing a measure that centers the score distribution around the student's knowledge level and by providing more items that are at an appropriate level of difficulty for the student. Ceiling and floor effects are less likely, and content validity and curriculum alignment are not at issue because the tests are custom designed to the school district's goal structure. Regression effects are less likely, and ALTs are more growth sensitive than single-level norm referenced tests. The Cherry Creek School District, Colorado, is one of approximately 20 districts in the state and more than 200 in the United States that are using ALTs. ALTS provide a means of addressing the measurement of achievement at the extremes that is necessary to make the new standards-based paradigm effective in improving public education. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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