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Polikoff, Morgan S.; Gasparian, Hovanes; Korn, Shira; Gamboa, Martin; Porter, Andrew C.; Smith, Toni; Garet, Michael S. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2020
As the standards movement continues into its third decade, there remains a need for alignment methodologies that can be broadly applied to study instruction and policy. This article reports on a series of development efforts meant to revise the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) surveys and methods to study the implementation of new college- and…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Surveys, College Readiness, Career Readiness
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Kroehne, Ulf; Buerger, Sarah; Hahnel, Carolin; Goldhammer, Frank – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
For many years, reading comprehension in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) was measured via paper-based assessment (PBA). In the 2015 cycle, computer-based assessment (CBA) was introduced, raising the question of whether central equivalence criteria required for a valid interpretation of the results are fulfilled. As an…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Computer Assisted Testing, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries
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West, Stephen G.; Hughes, Jan N.; Kim, Han Joe; Bauer, Shelby S. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
The Motivation for Educational Attainment (MEA) questionnaire, developed to assess facets related to early adolescents' motivation to complete high school, has a bifactor structure with a large general factor and three smaller orthogonal specific factors (teacher expectations, peer aspirations, value of education). This prospective validity study…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Educational Attainment, Questionnaires, Adolescent Attitudes
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Zhang, Mo; Bennett, Randy E.; Deane, Paul; van Rijn, Peter W. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
This study compared gender groups on the processes used in writing essays in an online assessment. Middle-school students from four grades responded to essays in two persuasive subgenres, argumentation and policy recommendation. Writing processes were inferred from four indicators extracted from students' keystroke logs. In comparison to males, on…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Essays, Computer Assisted Testing, Persuasive Discourse
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Allen, Jeff; Mattern, Krista – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
We examined summary indices of high school performance (coursework, grades, and test scores) based on the graded response model (GRM). The indices varied by inclusion of ACT test scores and whether high school courses were constrained to have the same difficulty and discrimination across groups of schools. The indices were examined with respect to…
Descriptors: High School Students, Academic Achievement, Secondary School Curriculum, Difficulty Level
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Camara, Wayne J.; Mattern, Krista; Croft, Michelle; Vispoel, Sara; Nichols, Paul – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
In 2018, 26 states administered a college admissions test to all public school juniors. Nearly half of those states proposed to use those scores as their academic achievement indicators for federal accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); many others are planning to use those scores for other accountability purposes.…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Accountability, Scores, Academic Achievement
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Beard, Jonathan J.; Hsu, Julian; Ewing, Maureen; Godfrey, Kelly E. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
High school students enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and take AP exams for a variety of reasons. However, a lack of information about the extent to which there are incremental benefits associated with taking multiple AP exams has fostered a perception that students must take many APs to be prepared for college. Conversely, many American…
Descriptors: Correlation, Advanced Placement, Tests, College Preparation
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Marion, Scott; Domaleski, Chris – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
This article offers a critique of the validity argument put forward by Camara, Mattern, Croft, and Vispoel (2019) regarding the use of college-admissions tests in high school assessment systems. We challenge their argument in two main ways. First, we illustrate why their argument fails to address broader issues related to consequences of using…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, High School Students, Test Use, Validity
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Lindstrom Johnson, Sarah; Reichenberg, Ray E.; Shukla, Kathan; Waasdorp, Tracy E.; Bradshaw, Catherine P. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
The U.S. government has become increasingly focused on school climate, as recently evidenced by its inclusion as an accountability indicator in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Yet, there remains considerable variability in both conceptualizing and measuring school climate. To better inform the research and practice related to school climate and…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Educational Environment, Accountability, Educational Legislation
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Hansen, John; Sadler, Philip; Sonnert, Gerhard – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
The high school grade point average (GPA) is often adjusted to account for nominal indicators of course rigor, such as "honors" or "advanced placement." Adjusted GPAs--also known as weighted GPAs--are frequently used for computing students' rank in class and in the college admission process. Despite the high stakes attached to…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, High School Students, Difficulty Level, Weighted Scores
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Meijer, Eline; Cleiren, Marc P. H. D.; Dusseldorp, Elise; Buurman, Vincent J. C.; Hogervorst, Roel M.; Heiser, Willem J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
Early prediction of academic performance is important for student support. The authors explored, in a multivariate approach, whether pre-entry data (e.g., high school study results, preparative activities, expectations, capabilities, motivation, and attitude) could predict university students' first-year academic performance. Preregistered…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, Prediction, Risk
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Allen, Jeff; Mattern, Krista; Ndum, Edwin – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
We derived an index of high school academic rigor (HSAR) by optimizing the prediction of first-year college GPA (FYGPA) based on high school courses taken, grades, and indicators of advanced coursework. Using a large data set and nominal parameterization of high school course outcomes, the HSAR index capitalizes on differential contributions…
Descriptors: High Schools, Difficulty Level, Prediction, Grade Point Average
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Jerrim, John; Parker, Philip; Choi, Alvaro; Chmielewski, Anna Katyn; Sälzer, Christine; Shure, Nikki – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2018
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an important international study of 15-olds' knowledge and skills. New results are released every 3 years, and have a substantial impact upon education policy. Yet, despite its influence, the methodology underpinning PISA has received significant criticism. Much of this criticism has…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Comparative Education, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries
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Rutkowski, David; Rutkowski, Leslie; Liaw, Yuan-Ling – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2018
Participation in international large-scale assessments has grown over time with the largest, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), including more than 70 education systems that are economically and educationally diverse. To help accommodate for large achievement differences among participants, in 2009 PISA offered…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, Secondary School Students
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Vijver, Fons J. R. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2018
A conceptual framework of measurement bias in cross-cultural comparisons, distinguishing between construct, method, and item bias (differential item functioning), is used to describe a methodological framework addressing assessment of noncognitive variables in international large-scale studies. It is argued that the treatment of bias, coming from…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment
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