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ERIC Number: ED453257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-15
Pages: 90
Abstractor: N/A
Construct and Predictive Validity of the Alaska State High School Graduation Qualifying Examination: First Administration. Executive Summary.
Stofflet, Fred; Fenton, Ray; Straugh, Tom
In the year 2000, the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) was given for the first time. The HSGQE is currently scheduled to be a graduation requirement for all students graduating as of January 2002, but early results from the use of the HSGQE in the Anchorage school district raise serious questions about the use of the test, especially the mathematics portion, as a graduation requirement. In response to a state survey, more than 20% of teachers surveyed responses that they offered little or no instruction relative to 7 of the reading standards in the survey, 1 of 3 writing standards, and all of the mathematics standards. The validity of the graduation tests as they related to what is actually taught in Alaskan schools is seriously questioned by these responses. The statistical results from Anchorage raise some questions about validity, with 78% of students passing the reading test, 51% passing the writing test, and only 36% passing the mathematics test. Majority students did better on the tests than did minority students. Results from the HSGQE were highly correlated with results from the California Achievement Tests (CAT) administered within 1 month of the HSGQE. Comparison of CAT and HSGQE scores showed that the mathematics test was much harder than the reading or writing tests. Data for the mathematics test seem to show that more advanced courses than algebra and geometry are required to pass the test, calling into question its use as a minimum competency test. The paper suggests that the legislature, the state administration, local school boards, educators, parents, and students all have roles to play as the HSGQE is finalized and put into place. Six appendixes contain seventeen tables of test results for specific areas. (Contains 43 tables, 9 figures, and 41 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska