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ERIC Number: EJ1153218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The Longitudinal Value of Local Cut Scores Using State Test Data
Nelson, Peter M.; Van Norman, Ethan R.; VanDerHeyden, Amanda
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v35 n7 p683-694 Oct 2017
We used existing reading (n = 1,498) and math (n = 2,260) data to evaluate state test scores for screening middle school students. In Phase 1, state test data were used to create a research-derived cut score that was optimal for predicting state test performance the following year. In Phase 2, those cut scores were applied with future cohorts. Diagnostic accuracy of the research-derived cut scores was compared with the state's proficiency benchmark from the previous year. Across grades and content areas, research-derived cut scores yielded higher sensitivity and lower specificity values relative to state-defined cut scores. Marked decreases in sensitivity and specificity were not observed in subsequent years. Results provide evidence for procedures in which previous state test data are repurposed for screening decisions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment
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