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Platt, Rita – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
The United States is currently involved in a continuing controversy about how best to measure the education of children. President Bush and his Administration have pushed for a bevy of standardized assessments, the results of which would be used to reward high-scoring schools and punish low-scoring ones. State departments of education and school…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Scoring, State Departments of Education, Sanctions
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Snetzler, Suzi; Qualls, Audrey L. – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2000
Examined the incidence of differential item functioning (DIF) on 3 subtests of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills using test scores for 2,867 Alaskan students, characterized as "Native" or White at fourth and sixth grades or sixth and eighth grades. Effect size differences favoring whites were larger when students of equal English…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Alaska Natives, Item Bias, Limited English Speaking
Judith Kleinfield; And Others – 1991
Addressing concerns of some Alaska educators and parents about the fairness of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), this paper clarifies what can be expected of norm-referenced tests and examines the extent to which the results of the Alaska Statewide Student Assessment may be affected by test bias. Although some test items may ask questions…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Alaska Natives, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education
Stofflet, Frederick P.; And Others – 1990
In October 1989 Alaska conducted its statewide student assessment. Over 23,000 students in grades 4, 6, and 8 completed the reading, mathematics, and language arts sections of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS). At the same time, a series of questionnaires asked building principals about their schools' philosophy, climate, and problems; asked…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Rating, Achievement Tests, Alaska Natives
Silverman, Bob; And Others – 1989
This dataset contains information collected by the 1989 Alaska Statewide Assessment Survey. The respondents of the survey were students in grade 4, 6, and 8 across the state, their teachers, and school principals. A total of 23,436 cases, representing more than 95% of the eligible students, are included in the dataset. The tape contains five…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Elementary Education, Grade 4