ERIC Number: EJ1205842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Testing Accommodations and the Measurement of Student Academic Growth
Buzick, Heather M.
Educational Assessment, v24 n1 p57-72 2019
Using two states' grades 3 through 8 state assessment databases, this study documents the extent to which students were assigned testing accommodations for ELA or mathematics in only one of two consecutive years. The percentage of students with disabilities who were assigned accommodations in the current year only or in the prior year only in a given grade statewide was not trivial, sometimes exceeding 25%. The relationship between inconsistent assignment to any accommodations and both students' prior proficiency level and aggregate growth is also documented. Group differences were observed at the state level. No practical differences were observed when covariates for inconsistent assignment were included in school value-added models, but very few schools had a substantial proportion of students with disabilities assigned accommodations inconsistently in a given grade. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, Measurement, Academic Achievement, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Disabilities, Value Added Models, Incidence, Summative Evaluation, English Instruction, Language Arts, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Correlation, Special Education, Mathematics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8
Sponsor: National Center for Special Education Research (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324A120224