ERIC Number: ED469170
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-1
Reference Count: N/A
Using the National Assessment of Educational Progress To Confirm State Test Results. A Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Confirming Test Results.
National Assessment Governing Board, Washington, DC.
The National Assessment Governing Board has recognized the need to study associated policy and technical issues to ensure that the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is ready to do the best job possible if called on to confirm the results of state achievement testing under the No Child Left Behind Act. This report describes the work that was undertaken at the Boards direction and sets forth recommendations to guide the use of NAEP data as confirmatory evidence. Committees of the National Assessment Governing Board and the Planning Work Group studied the NAEPs capacity to serve as a source of confirmatory evidence for state test results. Through the examination of state test results in eight states, the preparation of arguments about performance in three of those states, and the use of NAEP data, the Ad Hoc Committee concludes that the NAEP can serve this role effectively. The Committee identified factors than may limit this role and made recommendations to address these factors. The Committee also recommends new ways of representing achievement gains and gaps and encourages work to provide this information in formats accessible to the general public. The first appendix lists members of the Planning Work Group. Appendixes B and C contain these papers prepared in the course of the study: (1) Measuring Progress in Student Achievement: Changes in Scores and Score Gaps over Time (Paul W. Holland); (2) How Big Is Big When It Comes to Gaps in Scores? (Paul W. Holland); (3) The Use of NAEP Results in a Confirming Role for ESEA: A Thought Experiment with Historical Data from State A (Wendy Yen); (4) State B Argument for Meeting the Requirements of the ESEA Legislation (Mark Rechase); and (5) Using NAEP Data To Confirm Progress in State C (Paul W. Holland). (Contains 6 charts, 49 figures and 25 tables). (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Assessment Governing Board, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress