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Foorman, Barbara R.; Petscher, Yaacov; Stanley, Christopher – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
The idea of targeting reading instruction to profiles of students' strengths and weaknesses in component skills is central to teaching. However, these profiles are often based on unreliable descriptions of students' oral reading errors, text reading levels, or learning profiles. This research utilized latent profile analysis (LPA) to examine…
Descriptors: Profiles, Reading Skills, Language Skills, Statistical Analysis
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Foorman, Barbara R.; Petscher, Yaacov; Stanley, Christopher; Truckenmiller, Adrea – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2017
The objective of this study was to determine the latent profiles of reading and language skills that characterized 7,752 students in kindergarten through tenth grade and to relate the profiles to norm-referenced reading outcomes. Reading and language skills were assessed with a computer-adaptive assessment administered in the middle of the year…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Statistical Analysis, Computer Assisted Testing, Adaptive Testing
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Koon, Sharon; Petscher, Yaacov; Hughes, John – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2015
The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which the measures that make up each of the three separate accountability indices of school performance in South Carolina could be used to create an overall, reliable index of school performance. Data from public elementary, middle, and high schools in 2012/13 were used in confirmatory factor…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Accountability, Educational Indicators, Performance Factors
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Petscher, Yaacov; Kershaw, Sarah; Koon, Sharon; Foorman, Barbara R. – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2014
Districts and schools use progress monitoring to assess student progress, to identify students who fail to respond to intervention, and to further adapt instruction to student needs. Researchers and practitioners often use progress monitoring data to estimate student achievement growth (slope) and evaluate changes in performance over time for…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Achievement Gains, High Stakes Tests, Prediction
Solari, Emily J.; Petscher, Yaacov; Folsom, Jessica Sidler – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
The authors used a large data set (N = 1,011,549) to examine literacy growth over a single school year comparing general education (GenEd) students to three high-risk subgroups: English language learners (ELL), those with a specific learning disability (LD), and those identified as both LD and ELL (LD-ELL) in students in Grades 3-10. The authors…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Learning Disabilities, English Language Learners
Foorman, Barbara R.; Petscher, Yaacov – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
In Florida, mean proficiency scores are reported on the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT) as well as recommended learning gains from the developmental scale score. Florida now has another within-year measure of growth in reading comprehension from the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR). The FAIR reading comprehension…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Scores
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Foorman, Barbara R.; Petscher, Yaacov – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2010
The authors claim that assessing spelling in Grades 3-12 has utility. They base their claim on data from 875,040 students in Grades 3-12 in 52,923 classes in 840 Florida schools who took the Reading Comprehension, Maze, and Word Analysis spelling portions of the "Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading" during the 2009-2010 school…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Grades (Scholastic), Spelling Instruction