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ERIC Number: EJ839488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1085-5300
Achievement Testing in the No Child Left Behind Era: The Arkansas Benchmark
Hall, John D.; Howerton, D. Lynn; Jones, Craig H.
Research in the Schools, v15 n1 p64-76 Spr 2008
The No Child Left Behind Act and the accountability movement in public education caused many states to develop criterion-referenced academic achievement tests. Scores from these tests are often used to make high stakes decisions. Even so, these tests typically do not receive independent psychometric scrutiny. We evaluated the 2005 Arkansas Benchmark Examination, which was being used as part of the accountability system in Arkansas at that time, based primarily on The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and the Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education. Numerous concerns related to test development and data reporting were revealed. Recommendations applicable to criterion-referenced testing in any state are provided. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A