ERIC Number: ED500446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Setting the Bar: An Evaluation of ISTEP+ Assessment for Indiana
Under the new federal No Child Left Behind law, state assessments must be aligned to grade-level standards/benchmarks, and every school in Indiana and other states will soon be judged based on its ability to raise the percentage of students achieving proficiency on these tests. This will no doubt lead to much greater scrutiny of states' definitions of proficiency, and it is likely that more states will follow Indiana's lead of seeking an external review. Achieve undertook two distinct but mutually reinforcing studies, one on the alignment of the tests with the standards and one analyzing the reasonableness of the passing scores for each test. A comprehensive technical report with supporting details and item-by-item data has been provided to the Indiana Department of Education. This report presents the findings of both the alignment study and the passing scores for the ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress).
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Standards, Benchmarking, National Standards, Academic Achievement, Cutting Scores, Standardized Tests, Scores, Grade 3, Grade 6, Grade 8, Student Evaluation
Achieve, Inc. 1775 Eye Street NW Suite 410, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-419-1540; Fax: 202-828-0911; Web site: http://www.achieve.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 3; Grade 6; Grade 8
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001