ERIC Number: ED479976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Making Valid and Reliable Decisions in Determining Adequate Yearly Progress. A Paper in the Series: Implementing the State Accountability System Requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Marion, Scott; White, Carole; Carlson, Dale; Erpenbach, William J.; Rabinowitz, Stanley; Sheinker, Jan
This paper and its "Executive Summary," separately published, are intended primarily for Chief State School Officers and their immediate staff members involved in statewide accountability policy development and implementation. The paper addresses certain key issues and contains a full exploration of the related technical aspects of validity and reliability in Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) determinations by states responding to the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The paper also considers unique issues that arise in designing accountability systems under the NCLB and the critical variables that relate to decisions states must make in financing these systems. The key issues that must be considered are: (1) multiple, separate indicators that may be needed for NCLB and current state programs; (2) the definition of "proficient" for each purpose; (3) selecting assessments and other indicators; (4) starting points and goals; (5) the minimum number per student group for AYP determinations; (6) the inclusion of all students and schools; and (7) the need to use and advantages of multiple years of data. The passage of NCLB had marked a shift in federal educational policy from an emphasis on standards and assessment to an emphasis on accountability at school, district, and state levels so that all students reach, at a minimum, proficiency on the state's academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. This document is intended to help state educational leaders understand and work with the new accountability requirements. Four appendixes contain supplemental information, including an excerpt from the NCLB and a glossary. (Contains 5 tables, 9 figures, and 16 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Institutional Evaluation, Program Evaluation, Reliability, Validity
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001