ERIC Number: ED478073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Predictive Sources of Evidence of Construct Validity of the New York State English Language Arts Examinations, Spring 2000 Administrations.
DeMauro, Gerald E.
Recent reports of high levels of achievement on the Regents examinations in New York state and relatively poor showing on the eighth grade examinations have led many to speculate that the eighth grade examinations lack good predictive properties with respect to the Regents examinations. There are many problems with arriving at such a conclusion, including the unavailability of data that track individual students across these two levels of examination and the confounding includence of intervening variables even if these individual data were available. This study used district-level data from two sources: a sample of 306 districts that administered the June 2000 Regents Comprehensive Examination in English (CEE) and a special administration of the CEE in April 2000 to seniors who had not yet passed the REgents and who missed the January administration because of snow. The limitations of these data call for caution about their interpretation. These district-level data were matched with the spring 2000 performance at the district level on the grade 8 English language arts and grade 4 English language arts examinations. Results show a good predictive relationship among the scores on these examinations. The results of the English language arts examinations are grouped into performance levels from 1 (low) to 4 (high). Particularly strong was the relationship between the representation of the students in level 1 and subsequent performance of the students' districts on the Regents CEE.An appendix presents data on agreement error. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York