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ERIC Number: EJ982559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1529-7713
Measuring Schools' Efforts to Partner with Parents of Children Served under IDEA: Scaling and Standard Setting for Accountability Reporting
Elbaum, Batya; Fisher, William P., Jr.; Coulter, W. Alan
Journal of Applied Measurement, v12 n3 p261-278 Fall 2011
Indicator 8 of the State Performance Plan (SPP), developed under the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004, Public Law 108-446) requires states to collect data and report findings related to schools' facilitation of parent involvement. The Schools' Efforts to Partner with Parents Scale (SEPPS) was developed to provide states with a means to address this new reporting requirement. Items suggested by stakeholder groups were piloted with a nationally representative sample of 2,634 parents of students with disabilities ages 5-21 in six states. Rasch scaling was used to calibrate a meaningful and invariant item hierarchy. The 78 calibrated items had measurement reliabilities ranging from 0.94-0.97. Using data from the pilot study, stakeholders established a recommended performance standard set at a meaningful point in the item hierarchy. Implications of the findings are discussed in relation to the need for rigorous metrics within state accountability systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act