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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