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Volante, Louis; DeLuca, Christopher; Adie, Lenore; Baker, Eva; Harju-Luukkainen, Heidi; Heritage, Margaret; Schneider, Christoph; Stobart, Gordon; Tan, Kelvin; Wyatt-Smith, Claire – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2020
The synergy, or lack thereof, between large-scale and classroom assessment has been fiercely debated in both academic and policy spheres for decades around the world. This paper seeks to explicate how different countries are utilizing large-scale testing and test results at the classroom level. Through country profiles, this paper analyzes…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Measurement, Teaching Methods
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Banks, Kathleen – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2013
The purpose of this article was to present a synthesis of the peer-reviewed differential bundle functioning (DBF) research that has been conducted to date. A total of 16 studies were synthesized according to the following characteristics: tests used and learner groups, organizing principles used for developing bundles, DBF detection methods used,…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Research, Tests, Student Characteristics
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Allalouf, Avi; Alderoqui-Pinus, Diana – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
This article deals with a pioneering project currently being developed, namely, the Exhibition on Testing and Measurement. This interactive traveling exhibition will be presented in science museums in Israel, the United States, and other countries. It has been conceived as an innovative means of familiarizing the public with educational…
Descriptors: Museums, Exhibits, Measurement, Testing
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Sinharay, Sandip; Dorans, Neil J.; Liang, Longjuan – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2011
Over the past few decades, those who take tests in the United States have exhibited increasing diversity with respect to native language. Standard psychometric procedures for ensuring item and test fairness that have existed for some time were developed when test-taking groups were predominantly native English speakers. A better understanding of…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Testing Programs, Psychometrics, Language Proficiency
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Pennock-Roman, Maria; Rivera, Charlene – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2011
The objective was to examine the impact of different types of accommodations on performance in content tests such as mathematics. The meta-analysis included 14 U.S. studies that randomly assigned school-aged English language learners (ELLs) to test accommodation versus control conditions or used repeated measures in counter-balanced order.…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, Printed Materials, Second Language Learning, Glossaries
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Fairbairn, Shelley B.; Fox, Janna – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2009
Substantial growth in the numbers of English language learners (ELLs) in the United States and Canada in recent years has significantly affected the educational systems of both countries. This article focuses on critical issues and concerns related to the assessment of ELLs in U.S. and Canadian schools and emphasizes assessment approaches for test…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Testing, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
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Resnick, Lauren B. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2006
Standards-based education has now reached a stage where it is possible to evaluate its overall effectiveness. Several earlier papers in the special issue of "Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice" on "Test Scores and State Accountability" (Volume 24, Number 4) examined specific state policies and their effects on schools…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Accountability, Educational Policy, Educational History
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Phelps, Richard P. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1997
Data from large-scale international studies for 13 countries indicate that U.S. students are clearly not the most heavily tested students on earth if one compares systemwide tests by their duration. In the United States, tests are much more likely to be of low consequence for the student. (SLD)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education
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Popham, W. James – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1993
Current successes and failures in U.S. educational measurement are reviewed, focusing on criterion-referenced testing. Pluses and minuses are listed for the following: (1) the move toward authentic assessment; (2) the dominance of criterion-referenced assessment; and (3) item response theory applications. Each area is a double-edged sword. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Change
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Bracey, Gerald W. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
Reviewing evidence from high school completion and dropout rates, college attendance, test scores, and international comparisons leads to the conclusion that U.S. schools do a pretty good job of teaching students who are ready to learn. Given what schools have to contend with, their performance is indeed impressive. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Bound Students, Demography, Dropout Rate