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ERIC Number: EJ759408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-19
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Texas Takes Aim at Tainted Testing Program
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy
Education Week, v24 n19 p1, 14 Jan 2005
This article reports on the action taken by Texas officials to maintain the integrity of their testing program. Responding to a potential cheating scandal uncovered by a recent newspaper investigation, Texas officials announced a sweeping review of test security and plans for a new monitoring scheme for the state accountability system, which has served as a model for other states as well as the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The move came after an analysis of test scores by "The Dallas Morning News" found that results at as many as 400 schools out of 7,700 statewide--including one celebrated Houston elementary school--were suspect. The newspaper, which used a regression analysis of all school-level results on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for 2003 and 2004, outlined unlikely leaps in TAKS scale scores from one year to the next or students' inability to maintain high levels of achievement as they advanced in school. The analysis compares relationships between variables to gauge or predict consistencies, such as a school's performance in reading over several grades. The Commissioner of Education said the newspaper's use of scale scores--the average score a school achieves on a given test, as opposed to passing rates, may not provide the most accurate measure of how a school is performing. The commissioner acknowledged, however, that the state must devise a common formula for identifying questionable results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001