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Cruse, Keith L.; Twing, Jon S. – Applied Measurement in Education, 2000
Provides a chronological summary of the evolution of statewide achievement tests in Texas to facilitate understanding of the issues behind the "GI Forum v. Texas Education Agency" litigation (1999), which challenged the curricular links of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills and other "opportunity to learn" issues. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduation Requirements
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Smisko, Ann; Twing, Jon S.; Denny, Patricia – Applied Measurement in Education, 2000
Describes the Texas test development process in detail, showing how each test development step is linked to the "Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing." The routine use of this process provides evidence of the content and curricular validity of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Curriculum, Models, Test Construction
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Schafer, William D. – Applied Measurement in Education, 2000
Draws seven conclusions for professionals who administer state assessment programs from the "GI Forum V. Texas Education Agency" ruling. These conclusions are grouped into observations about test development and observations about test use. Discusses some implications for test use in other states. (SLD)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, High School Students, High Schools, State Programs
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Mehrens, William A. – Applied Measurement in Education, 2000
Presents conclusions of an independent measurement expert that the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) was constructed according to acceptable professional standards and tests curricular material considered by the Texas Board of Education important for graduates to have mastered. Also supports the validity and reliability of the TAAS and…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Psychometrics, Reliability, Standards
Texas Education Agency, Austin. – 1996
The Texas Education Code requires the Commissioner of Education to develop and propose alternative methods of assessment for students who have not passed the exit level test. The goal of this requirement is an alternative mechanism by which a student can demonstrate the knowledge and skills measured by the exit level test and thus earn a high…
Descriptors: Accountability, Associate Degrees, Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Assessment