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ERIC Number: ED529951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Examining NAEP Achievement in Relation to School Testing Conditions in the 2010 Assessments
Mullis, Ina V. S.; Bohrnstedt, George W.; Preuschoff, Anna Corinna; de los Reyes, Illiana; Stancavage, Fran; Martin, Michael O.
American Institutes for Research
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has expended considerable effort to ensure high quality in data collection by developing standardized materials and survey operation procedures and using well-trained professional administrators. However, schools are allowed to minimize the disruption associated with pulling students out of classrooms by having all students assessed at one time. This policy is intended to encourage sampled schools to participate, but may have unintended negative consequences for the testing conditions experienced by these students. This study examined NAEP testing conditions in schools and investigated whether being assessed in less than optimal testing conditions is associated with lower student achievement on the assessments. The testing conditions study confirms that NAEP assessed most students in 2010 in conditions that were consistent with best practices. Also, students assessed in large sessions did not necessarily have lower achievement. However, in general, achievement was lower when the number of problems in a session increased, particularly when the session had as many as 6-10 problems. Appended are: (1) 2010 Session Debriefing Form; (2) Classification of NAEP Assessment Administrators' Comments Provided on Session Debriefing Forms; (3) Number of Sessions and Students in the Testing Conditions Study, by Assessment Subject; and (4) Percentage of Students and Average Achievement (in Normits) for Each Type of Testing Condition Problem, by Assessment Subject. (Contains 23 tables and 7 footnotes.) [This report was prepared for the National Center for Education Statistics.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress