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ERIC Number: ED506911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 90
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: 2005-2007. Research and Development Report. NCES 2010-456
Bandeira de Mello, Victor; Blankenship, Charles; McLaughlin, Don
National Center for Education Statistics
Since 2003, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has compared each state's standard for proficient performance in reading and mathematics by placing the state standards onto the NAEP scale. The procedure, "mapping," allows the level of achievement required for proficient performance in one state to be compared with the level of achievement required in another state. The mapping procedure offers an approximate way to assess the relative rigor of the states' standards for proficient performance. This report presents mapping results using the 2005 and 2007 NAEP assessments in mathematics and reading for grades 4 and 8. The analyses conducted for this study addresses the following questions: (1) How do states' 2007 standards for proficient performance compare with each other when mapped onto the NAEP scale? (2) How do the cut points on the NAEP scale that are equivalent to the scores required to meet a state's standard in 2007 compare to those estimated for 2005? and (3) Using the 2005 NAEP scale equivalent standards to define a state's proficient level of performance on NAEP, do NAEP and that state assessment agree on the changes in the proportion of students meeting that state's standard for proficiency from 2005 to 2007? The report divides into five sections. Following an introduction, Section 2 provides a description of the estimation methods used in the mapping and in the comparisons of results between 2005 and 2007. Section 3 presents the results of the analyses that examined the mapping results for 2007 in reading and mathematics at grades 4 and 8. Addressing the second question, Section 4 focuses on the comparison between the 2005 and 2007 mappings in reading and mathematics at grades 4 and 8. Addressing the third question, Section 5 discusses the NAEP and state assessment changes in achievement from 2005 to 2007, including possible explanations for discrepancies in the gains measured by the state tests and NAEP so that attention can be turned to identifying the sources of those discrepancies. Tables in appendix A show the sample sizes and percentages of the 2007 NAEP samples used in the analyses. Tables in appendix B summarize selected changes in states' assessments between the two NAEP administrations of 2005 and 2007 that could affect the interpretation of the mapping results. Appendix C includes tables with results complementing those discussed in the body of the report. (Contains 40 tables, 4 figures, and 28 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
IES Funded: Yes