NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: ED503065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 60
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Aligning Mathematics Assessment Standards: Arkansas and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). REL Technical Brief. REL 2008-No. 008
Shapley, Kathy L.; Brite, Jessica
Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest (NJ1)
This Technical Brief examines the current alignment between the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, and Accountability Program (ACTAAP) mathematics assessment standards and the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics framework. It looks at the extent to which current state assessment standards cover the content on which 2009 NAEP assessments will be based. Applying the methodology used by Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest in 2007 in a similar study that examined the alignment of ACTAAP science assessment standards with the 2009 NAEP, this study presents results for areas of full alignment, partial alignment, nonalignment, and areas where the ACTAAP assessment standards go beyond the NAEP standards. The study finds that 78 percent of NAEP grade 4, 84 percent of NAEP grade 8, and 72 percent of NAEP grade 12 assessment standards are either fully or partially addressed by the ACTAAP assessment standards. The study analyzes the alignment of the ACTAAP and 2009 NAEP mathematics assessment standards. It does not analyze individual items or the alignment of state standards with the ACTAAP assessment items. The study does not make specific recommendations about whether a state should close gaps in alignment to NAEP--a decision for state policymakers. Revising assessments requires substantial time and resources, so policymakers considering such revisions need to weigh the costs of such changes and the benefits they believe such changes will bring to students. (Contains 1 box, 8 tables, 2 notes, and 2 figures.) [This REL Technical Brief was prepared for the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) by Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest administered by Edvance Research.]
Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest. Available from: Edvance Research. 9901 IH-10 West Suite 700, San Antonio, TX 78230. Tel: 877-338-2623; Fax: 210-558-4183; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
IES Funded: Yes