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ERIC Number: ED502442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 45
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Renaissance Learning Equating Study. Report
Sewell, Julie; Sainsbury, Marian; Pyle, Katie; Keogh, Nikki; Styles, Ben
National Foundation for Educational Research
An equating study was carried out in autumn 2006 by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on behalf of Renaissance Learning, to provide validation evidence for the use of the Renaissance Star Reading and Star Mathematics tests in English schools. The study investigated the correlation between the Star tests and established tests. Between 11 and 16 schools were involved in the study, with completed Progress in Mathematics (PiM) paper tests received from 2006 primary pupils and 883 secondary pupils. Suffolk Reading Scale 2 tests were completed by 1968 primary pupils and 1034 secondary pupils. The numbers of pupils who took both the Renaissance Learning Star Reading test and the Suffolk Reading Scale 2 tests were close to the required number to provide a solid basis for analyses; this was also the case for the Renaissance Learning Star Mathematics test and the Progress in Mathematics tests. A strong correlation was established between Star Reading and the Suffolk Reading Scale 2 tests: Star Reading scores were related to reading ages derived from the Suffolk Reading Scale 2, providing an equating graph for comparative purposes, and Star Mathematics and Progress in Mathematics (PiM) tests were shown to correlate between from 0.58 to 0.75. Star tests and English national curriculum teacher assessment levels correlated well. Star Mathematics was equated to the English national curriculum level equivalents given in Progress in Mathematics; the correlation was 0.84. The report concludes that the strong correlations provide evidence that both Star Reading and Star Mathematics are suitable for use in England. Two appendixes are included: (1) Reading Equating; and (2) Mathematics Equating. (Contains 1 footnote, 16 figures and 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)