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ERIC Number: EJ833434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Anchoring down the Data
Popham, W. James
Educational Leadership, v66 n4 p85-86 Dec 2008-Jan 2009
Despite repeated calls for educators to get more instructional mileage out of the assessment data they have at hand, two deterrents typically stand in the way of most educators' effective use of test data. First, there's a missing "realization", and second, there's a missing "skill". Educators who possess both this realization and this skill will have greater success navigating these data-rich waters. In this article, the author contends that teachers need to see a student's scores on a sufficiently large collection of items so they can arrive at a reasonably accurate judgment about that student's mastery or nonmastery of what the test is measuring. If the test scores a teacher is looking at do not provide answers to such questions, then perhaps he or she is dealing with the wrong data. That may be one body of water that one needs to steer clear of.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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