ERIC Number: ED446150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Design Features for the Content Analysis of a State Assessment and NAEP.
Kenney, Patricia Ann; Silver, Edward A.
This paper presents an overview of the design features that were developed for the Content Analysis Project. The purpose of the project was to examine the congruence between a state's test in eighth-grade mathematics and that used by the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The results of this analysis were then to be used to determine whether the identified differences between the state assessment and the NAEP were sufficient to account for the magnitude of the differences between proficient performance on the two tests. A second purpose was to develop a model process states could use to compare their frameworks and assessments to NAEP in mathematics and in other content areas, such as reading and science. The paper presents details about three design features of the comparison study: (1) the use of expert judgment; (2) the importance of viewing the test from multiple perspectives; and (3) the implementation of a multiphase process for comparing the tests. Some of the limitations of the study are outlined. An appendix summarizes the phases of project development. (Contains 20 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Assessment Governing Board, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress