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Lyons, Douglas; Niblock, Andrew W. – Independent School, 2014
Independent schools are, for the most part, exempt from mandatory participation in standardized tests designed for state and federal comparisons, nor are they required to take part in comparative international assessments. The anxiety in the broader culture, however, is driving a growing interest among independent school parents (and prospective…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education, Educational Practices
Iowa Department of Education, 2013
The Annual Condition of Education Report provides a wide range of state-level data, including shifts in student populations and demographics, teacher salaries and characteristics, student achievement results, and school financial information. The report provides important metrics to the education community about the status of the education system.…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement, Educational Finance, Enrollment Trends
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Gill, Brian; Bruch, Julie; Booker, Kevin – Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, 2013
States and school districts are exploring alternatives to state tests for measuring teachers' contributions to student learning. One approach applies statistical value-added methods to alternative student assessments such as commercially available tests and end-of course tests. The evidence suggests that these methods can reliably distinguish…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Competencies, Evaluation Methods, Educational Testing
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Edwards, Clayton M.; Townsend, Brian E. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2012
As the sole math teacher in his middle school, the first author has always worked hard to provide quality mathematical experiences for his students. In an era of accountability defined by standardized test scores, he has also closely monitored his students' performance on such tests. After a few years of hoping that scores would improve, he…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Standardized Tests, Classroom Environment, Scientific Concepts
Iowa Department of Education, 2011
The Annual Condition of Education Report provides a wide range of state-level data, including shifts in student populations and demographics, teacher salaries and characteristics, student achievement results, and school financial information. A few examples of the categories presented in this 22nd edition report include: (1) Enrollment; (2) Early…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Annual Reports, State Surveys
Center on Education Policy, 2010
This paper profiles the student subgroup achievement and gap trends in Iowa for 2010. In grade 8 (the only grade in which subgroup trends were analyzed by achievement level), Iowa had data for racial/ethnic subgroups, low income students, and boys and girls at the proficient and advanced levels. Trends at the proficient and advanced levels were…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Achievement Gains, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
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Tong, Ye; Kolen, Michael J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2010
"Scaling" is the process of constructing a score scale that associates numbers or other ordered indicators with the performance of examinees. Scaling typically is conducted to aid users in interpreting test results. This module describes different types of raw scores and scale scores, illustrates how to incorporate various sources of…
Descriptors: Test Results, Scaling, Measures (Individuals), Raw Scores
Center on Education Policy, 2009
This general achievement trends profile includes information that the Center on Education Policy (CEP) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) obtained from states from fall 2008 through April 2009. Included herein are: (1) Bullet points summarizing key findings about achievement trends in that state at three performance…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Federal Legislation, Testing Programs, Academic Achievement
Center on Education Policy, 2009
This general achievement trends profile includes information that the Center on Education Policy (CEP) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) obtained from states from fall 2008 through April 2009. Included herein are: (1) Bullet points summarizing key findings about achievement trends in that state at three performance…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Profiles, Educational Trends, Elementary School Students
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Banks, Kathleen – Educational Assessment, 2009
The purpose of this article is to describe and demonstrate a three-step process of using differential distractor functioning (DDF) in a post hoc analysis to understand sources of differential item functioning (DIF) in multiple-choice testing. The process is demonstrated on two multiple-choice tests that used complex alternatives (e.g., "No…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Multiple Choice Tests, Testing, Gender Differences
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Campuzano, Larissa; Dynarski, Mark; Agodini, Roberto; Rall, Kristina – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2009
In the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Congress called for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to conduct a rigorous study of the conditions and practices under which educational technology is effective in increasing student academic achievement. A 2007 report presenting study findings for the 2004-2005 school year, indicated that, after one…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Computer Software
Newton, Anne – Jobs for the Future, 2008
This case study examines the features of Georgia College Early College, including its partnership with Georgia College & State University. The school deliberately recruits students from the community who are performing below grade level and gives them the support they need to excel academically. The college-going culture, small class sizes,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Aspiration, Student Empowerment, Partnerships in Education
Hoff, David J.; Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
President Bush says that the No Child Left Behind Act is working, pointing to student-achievement results from a single subsection of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and tentative Reading First data. But the evidence available to support his claim is questionable. The data Mr. Bush cited are from just the "long-term…
Descriptors: Test Results, Researchers, Federal Legislation, National Competency Tests
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Hirsch, E. D., Jr. – Educational Horizons, 2007
Tests of academic progress such as those enforced by No Child Left Behind Act are the only practical way to hold schools accountable for educating all children and are therefore essential to the twin aims of quality and fairness. Many of the complaints against the No Child Left Behind law pertain to the supposedly harmful influence of intensive…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Reading Tests
Arkansas Department of Education, 2006
This report presents data on home schooling in the state of Arkansas that covers: students withdrawn from home school; home school student count by county, district, and grade level; and home school enrollments by grade and gender. The report contains the texts of the Arkansas Code Annotated Section 6-15-501 through Section 6-15-508 Home School…
Descriptors: Enrollment Trends, School Law, Counties, Home Schooling
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