ERIC Number: ED462434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
A Strategy for Evaluating District Developed Assessments for State Accountability.
Buckendahl, Chad W.; Impara, James C.; Plake, Barbara S.
One Midwestern state has chosen a model of state assessment in which local school districts are responsible for developing the strategies to measure and report their students' performance on state-adopted content standards. When students are not measured on common instruments, district accountability becomes an added challenge. This paper presents a strategy for evaluating locally developed assessments as part of the state assessment system that can be used to inform the need for state accountability. An application of the strategy is described in which a 16-member District Assessment Evaluation Team was recruited to evaluate district assessment portfolios for the state. An analysis of inter-rater agreement on the common districts evaluated by all 19 raters (16 team members and 3 anchor raters) was performed. A goal of 80% agreement or higher was established, but there was some variance in the levels of agreement for each criterion and the overall ratings. Results indicate there was reasonable consistency among raters. Benefits of the proposed strategy include an emphasis on formative rather than summative feedback and on improving assessment strategies at the local level. Locally developed assessments that are aligned to the state's content standards and integrated into the district's curriculum are likely to produce data that is meaningful to the state, yet can inform instruction in the classroom. appended are tables of data used in the study. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 24-27, 2001).