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Koon, Sharon; Petscher, Yaacov; Foorman, Barbara R. – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2014
This study examines whether the classification and regression tree (CART) model improves the early identification of students at risk for reading comprehension difficulties compared with the more difficult to interpret logistic regression model. CART is a type of predictive modeling that relies on nonparametric techniques. It presents results in…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Reading Difficulties, Identification, Reading Comprehension
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Blasi, MaryJane – Childhood Education, 2005
This article offers an explanation of standardized tests so that parents may understand the significance of their children's tests scores. Definitions of terms such as "percentile ranking," "norming group" and "criterion-referenced" are given. The author also questions the validity of high-stakes tests as a true…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Teacher Attitudes, Standardized Tests, Scores
Minnema, Jane E.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Warren, Sandra Hopfengardner – National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, University of Minnesota (NCSET), 2004
This report is the first accounting of one case study of large-scale assessment practices in a local educational agency (LEA) where students with disabilities are administered states' standards-based tests out of level. The overall purpose of the research project was to describe the specific effects of testing students with disabilities out of…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Case Studies, Testing Accommodations, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)