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ERIC Number: ED508559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 62
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 44
A Systematic Comparison of the American Diploma Project English Language Arts College Readiness Standards with those of the ACT, College Board, and Standards for Success. Issues & Answers. REL 2010-086
Rolfhus, Eric; Decker, Lauren E.; Brite, Jessica L.; Gregory, Lois
Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest (NJ1)
This study of four national English language arts college readiness standards sets compares content alignment and level of alignment of the standards statements in three comparison sets to a benchmark set, the American Diploma Project (ADP), and analyzes the cognitive complexity of all four sets. Specifically, this report addresses two primary research questions: (1) For what percentage of content statements in the American Diploma Project college readiness standards set (the benchmark) is there a completely or partially aligned content statement in each of the other three sets of comparison standards (ACT, College Board, Standards for Success); and (2) For each standards set what is the distribution of content statements across the four levels of a cognitive complexity (cognitive demand) scale? Standards statements in the comparison sets align completely or partially to varying proportions of the ADP benchmark's 62 standards statements--77 percent for the College Board College Readiness Standards, 68 percent for Standards for Success, and 34 percent for the ACT College Readiness Standards. Only 5 percent of the ADP statements completely align with content in all three comparison sets, a share that rises to 27 percent when partial alignment is also considered. A majority of statements in the four sets (53-68 percent) were rated level 3 on a four-level cognitive complexity scale. Appended to this report are: (1) Methodology; (2) Reviewer Qualifications and Roles and Interrater Reliability; (3) Content Alignment by American Diploma Project Strand; (4) Unaligned Standards Statements from Benchmark and Comparison Standards Sets; (5) Webb's Cognitive Complexity Level Descriptions; (6) Cognitive Complexity by Strand for All Four College Readiness Standards Sets; and (7) Alternate Content Alignment Methodologies. (Contains 1 box, 11 figures, 22 tables, and 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Louisiana; New Mexico; Oklahoma; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Improving Americas Schools Act 1994; No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment
IES Funded: Yes