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ERIC Number: ED478199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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How Have State Level Standards-Based Tests Related to Norm-Referenced Tests in Alaska?.
Fenton, Ray
This overview of the Alaska system for test development, scoring, and reporting explored differences and similarities between norm-referenced and standards-based tests. The current Alaska testing program is based on legislation passed in 1997 and 1998, and is designed to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Legislation. In 2002-2003, the Alaska benchmark Tests, given in grades 3, 6, and 8, are standards-based, while the Terra Nova Cat 6 tests, given in grades 4, 5, 7, and 9, have normative reporting. The Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Examination also uses standards-based reporting. Participation is also required in the National Assessment of Educational Progress testing. The overall system was designed to be a hybrid of standardized and norm referenced tests. Available data do not allow a determination of the extent to which norm-referenced and performance-referenced tests in Alaska perform in the same way, but a quick look suggests that there is substantial similarity between the norm-referenced and standards-based tests. The items come from the same item pools and are highly similar for both tests. However, the differences in the percentages reaching cut scores on the various tests and the association of cut scores with performance expressed in terms of national norms raises some very real questions about the tests in terms of what should be expected of both students and tests. The discussion of what constitutes a valid measure of performance relative to standards and growth expectations has to be explored as part of an ongoing effort to find fairness. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: TerraNova Multiple Assessments