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ERIC Number: ED568215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Linking the ACT ASPIRE Assessments to NWEA MAP Assessments
Northwest Evaluation Association
Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is committed to providing partners with useful tools to help make inferences from Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) interim assessment scores. One important tool is the concordance table between MAP and state summative assessments. Concordance tables have been used for decades to relate scores on different tests measuring similar but distinct constructs. These tables, typically derived from statistical linking procedures, provide a direct link between scores on different tests and serve various purposes. Aside from describing how a score on one test relates to performance on another test, they can also be used to identify benchmark scores on one test corresponding to performance categories on another test, or to maintain continuity of scores on a test after the test is redesigned or changed. Concordance tables provide a useful tool for educators, parents, administrators, researchers, and policy makers to evaluate and formulate academic standing and growth. Recently, NWEA completed a concordance study to connect the scales of ACT® Aspire™ reading and math with those of the MAP Reading and MAP for Mathematics assessments. This report presents the 3rd through 8th grade cut scores on MAP reading and mathematics scales that correspond to the benchmarks on the Aspire reading and math tests. Information about the consistency rate of classification based on the estimated MAP cut scores is also provided, along with a series of tables that estimate the probability of receiving a Level 3 (i.e., "Ready") or higher performance designation on the Aspire assessments, based on the observed MAP scores taken during the same school year. A detailed description of the data and analysis method used this study is provided in the Appendix.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Northwest Evaluation Association