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ERIC Number: EJ1111187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 78
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2330-8516
Mapping State Standards to the NAEP Scale. Research Report. ETS RR-08-57
Braun, Henry; Qian, Jiahe
ETS Research Report Series, Nov 2008
This report describes the derivation and evaluation of a method for comparing the performance standards for public school students set by different states. It is based on an approach proposed by McLaughlin and associates, which constituted an innovative attempt to resolve the confusion and concern that occurs when very different proportions of students in various states are declared to have met a standard with the same label. Our method, like McLaughlin's, employs equipercentile methods to map state standards on to a common scale, that associated with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). We have also derived error estimates that take into account both NAEP's complex sampling design and measurement errors. The method was applied to two data sets, and the results were qualitatively similar to those obtained by McLaughlin's method. The paper notes the superior statistical properties of the proposed method and presents evidence that supports the viability and general utility of this approach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: ED02CO0023