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ERIC Number: ED518642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
Rapid Changes, Repeated Challenges: States' Out-of-Level Testing Policies for 2003-2004. Out-of-Level Testing Report 13
VanGetson, Gretchen; Minnema, Jane; Thurlow, Martha
National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota
The purpose of this research study was to illustrate the ways in which out-of-level testing policies have changed over the three years from 2000-2001 to 2003-2004. In 2000-2001, 12 states were using out-of-level tests to measure student progress toward content standard proficiency. A detailed research study conducted at the end of 2000-2001 to examine the out-of-level testing policies of these 12 states (Thurlow & Minnema, 2001) revealed that policies varied considerably across states. Much has happened in the years since 2000-2001. By 2003-2004, the number of states having a version of below grade level testing (out-of-level or levels testing) as an option in their large-scale assessment programs had increased to 17 states.
National Center on Educational Outcomes. University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Tel: 612-626-1530; Fax: 612-624-0879; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes; Council of Chief State School Officers; National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001