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ERIC Number: EJ888608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
New Report, "The Proficiency Illusion," Challenges NCLB
McGlynn, Angela Provitera
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n3 p11-14 Nov 2008
A new report, "The Proficiency Illusion," released last year by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute states that the tests that states use to measure academic progress under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) are creating a false impression of success, especially in reading and especially in the early grades. The report is a collaboration between the institute and the Northwest Evaluation Association. The research used data from schools whose students participated in state testing as well as in assessments by the Northwest Evaluation Association to estimate proficiency cut scores, that is, the level students need to reach in order to pass the test for NCLB purposes. In examining data on students from 26 states, the use of proficiency cut scores requires that data from one measurement scale be translated to another assessment scale that is trying to measure the same thing. A preliminary study showed that this method had a high level of accuracy. In this article, the author first takes a look at the highlights of the report. Then, she presents a thumbnail sketch of the findings of "The Proficiency Illusion."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001