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ERIC Number: ED484423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Distribution of Proficient Scores That Exceed the 1% Cap: Four Possible Approaches
Martinez, Tiffany; Olsen, Ken
Mid South Regional Resource Center
The passage of the No Child Left Behind Act and subsequent regulations have challenged state education agencies (SEAs) in many ways and ensuring the appropriate inclusion of students with disabilities has been a unique challenge. The recent publication of regulations on alternate assessments with alternate achievement standards (34 CFR Part 200) reinforce and extend the regulations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) dealing with alternate assessments (see 34 CFR section 300.138 (b). Under the new regulation, states have special requirements regarding: (1) Standards; (2) Guidelines; (3) 1 per cent cap; (4) Exceptions; and (5) Score Distribution. Determining how to fairly and consistently distribute proficient and advanced scores over the cap non proficient and include those scores in each applicable subgroup is one of the challenges of implementing the 1 per cent rule. This paper outlines the pros and cons of four potential methods for distribution of such scores. These methods, summarized in Table 1, were gleaned from conversations with Federal and State personnel and from assessment experts. They are presented as illustrations, not as a comprehensive menu. Most importantly, these options are based on the assumption that all appropriate exceptions have been sought and granted. This paper has outlined only four possible ways of distributing scores when an approved cap (usually 1%) has been exceeded. Although pros and cons were suggested for each method, these were only speculative and they might not hold up to scrutiny. Experience and research will be essential in order to assess actual effects. Also, these are by no means the only possible ways to deal with the distribution of scores. States are encouraged to find the method that works best for them while meeting the Federal requirements. [Report published by the Alliance for Systems Change.]
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mid-South Regional Resource Center, Lexington, KY.