ERIC Number: EJ1040865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Tests of Alignment among Assessment, Standards, and Instruction Using Generalized Linear Model Regression
Fulmer, Gavin W.; Polikoff, Morgan S.
Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, v26 n3 p225-240 Aug 2014
An essential component in school accountability efforts is for assessments to be well-aligned with the standards or curriculum they are intended to measure. However, relatively little prior research has explored methods to determine statistical significance of alignment or misalignment. This study explores analyses of alignment as a special case of the generalized linear model (GLM). A general approach for such analyses is suggested, and examples are given for analyses with traditional alignment and GLM regression using data from two previously published studies. Results from the GLM are compared with ordinary least squares (OLS) regression. Findings show that the GLM method allows more informative analysis of differences between source documents than alignment indices alone, including determination of whether marginal discrepancies are statistically significant or not.
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Educational Assessment, Academic Standards, Regression (Statistics), Models, Least Squares Statistics, Comparative Analysis, Instruction, Curriculum
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