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ERIC Number: ED536474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Changes in Determining Gifted Eligibility for Underrepresented Students. Research Note. Volume 0802
Froman, Terry
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
There are a number of detailed requirements for gifted screening, referral and eligibility specified under State Board Rules and School Board Rules. In all of these areas, explicit mention is made of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Norm Referenced Test (NRT) scores as being integral components. Due to budget considerations, the Florida DOE is discontinuing administration of the NRT starting in 2008. With NRT scores no longer available, screening, referral, and eligibility specifications will have to be modified and provisions will need to be made for some kind of substitute measurement of academic achievement. In anticipation of these needs, members of the Division of Advanced Academic Programs and Assessment, Research and Data Analysis collaborated on the suggestion proposed in this Research Note. With the discontinuation of the NRT, a substitute for judging the student's academic achievement is needed. The natural choice and the focus of this investigation is the use of the FCAT Sunshine State Standards (SSS) Test scores. Although it was not possible using the SSS to construct categories of the same sets of students that would have resulted from using the NRT, it was possible to match the percent of students in each of the point-award groupings. The percent of students receiving each point-level award under NRT results and under SSS results using the newly proposed score ranges are compared. It can be seen that the percentages across all grade levels match very closely using the SSS test as a substitute for the NRT. To make application easier, the same ranges in SSS scores were used across all grade levels. Using the SSS in the Matrix Scoring System in this manner should ultimately result in the same percentage of students being deemed Gifted Eligible through the M-DCPS Plan B Matrix.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test