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Marland, Joshua; Harrick, Matthew; Sireci, Stephen G. – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2020
Student assessment nonparticipation (or opt out) has increased substantially in K-12 schools in states across the country. This increase in opt out has the potential to impact achievement and growth (or value-added) measures used for educator and institutional accountability. In this simulation study, we investigated the extent to which…
Descriptors: Value Added Models, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education
Lockwood, J. R.; Castellano, Katherine E. – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2017
Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) increasingly are being used in the United States for inferences about student achievement growth and educator effectiveness. Emerging research has indicated that SGPs estimated from observed test scores have large measurement errors. As such, little is known about "true" SGPs, which are defined in terms…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Correlation, Student Characteristics, Academic Achievement
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Konstantopoulos, Spyros; Li, Wei; Miller, Shazia R.; van der Ploeg, Arie – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2016
We use data from a large-scale experiment conducted in Indiana in 2009-2010 to examine the impact of two interim assessment programs (mCLASS and Acuity) across the mathematics and reading achievement distributions. Specifically, we focus on whether the use of interim assessments has a particularly strong effect on improving outcomes for low…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Regression (Statistics)
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Nezhnov, Peter; Kardanova, Elena; Vasilyeva, Marina; Ludlow, Larry – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2015
The present study tested the possibility of operationalizing levels of knowledge acquisition based on Vygotsky's theory of cognitive growth. An assessment tool (SAM-Math) was developed to capture a hypothesized hierarchical structure of mathematical knowledge consisting of procedural, conceptual, and functional levels. In Study 1, SAM-Math was…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Mathematics, Cognitive Development, Vertical Organization
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Lin, Pei-Ying; Lin, Yu-Cheng – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2014
This exploratory study investigated potential sources of setting accommodation resulting in differential item functioning (DIF) on math and reading assessments for examinees with varied learning characteristics. The examinees were those who participated in large-scale assessments and were tested in either standardized or accommodated testing…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Multivariate Analysis, Testing Accommodations, Mathematics Tests
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Mashburn, Andrew J.; Meyer, J. Patrick; Allen, Joseph P.; Pianta, Robert C. – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2014
Observational methods are increasingly being used in classrooms to evaluate the quality of teaching. Operational procedures for observing teachers are somewhat arbitrary in existing measures and vary across different instruments. To study the effect of different observation procedures on score reliability and validity, we conducted an experimental…
Descriptors: Observation, Teacher Evaluation, Reliability, Validity
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Ye, Meng; Xin, Tao – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2014
The authors explored the effects of drifting common items on vertical scaling within the higher order framework of item parameter drift (IPD). The results showed that if IPD occurred between a pair of test levels, the scaling performance started to deviate from the ideal state, as indicated by bias of scaling. When there were two items drifting…
Descriptors: Scaling, Test Items, Equated Scores, Achievement Gains
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Skinner, Ellen; Pitzer, Jennifer; Steele, Joel – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2013
A study was designed to examine a multidimensional measure of children's coping in the academic domain as part of a larger model of motivational resilience. Using items tapping multiple ways of dealing with academic problems, including five adaptive ways (strategizing, help-seeking, comfort-seeking, self-encouragement, and commitment) and six…
Descriptors: Coping, Resilience (Psychology), Student Motivation, Student Adjustment
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Skinner, Ellen A.; Kindermann, Thomas A.; Furrer, Carrie J. – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2009
This article presents a motivational conceptualization of engagement and disaffection: First, it emphasizes children's constructive, focused, enthusiastic participation in the activities of classroom learning; second, it distinguishes engagement from disaffection, as well as behavioral features from emotional features. Psychometric properties of…
Descriptors: Achievement Need, Learner Engagement, Student Motivation, Student Participation
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Wang, Shudong; Jiao, Hong – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2009
In practice, vertical scales have been continually used to measure students' achievement progress across several grade levels and have been considered very challenging psychometric procedures. Recently, such practices have been drawing many criticisms. The major criticisms focus on dimensionality and construct equivalence of the latent trait or…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Elementary Secondary Education, Measures (Individuals), Psychometrics
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Attali, Yigal; Powers, Donald – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2009
A developmental writing scale for timed essay-writing performance was created on the basis of automatically computed indicators of writing fluency, word choice, and conventions of standard written English. In a large-scale data collection effort that involved a national sample of more than 12,000 students from 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade,…
Descriptors: Validity, Measures (Individuals), Scoring, Essays
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Carle, Adam C.; Millsap, Roger E.; Cole, David A. – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2008
Confirmatory factor analysis for ordered-categorical measures (CFA-OCM) and rating scale item response theory (IRT) analyses explore measurement bias across gender on the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) in a community sample of 779 children in the third and sixth grades. Given the set of statistical criteria, IRT and CFA-OCM generally…
Descriptors: Rating Scales, Scoring, Factor Analysis, Gender Differences
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Kim, Kyung Hee; Cramond, Bonnie; Bandalos, Deborah L. – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2006
There is disagreement among researchers as to whether creativity is a unidimensional or multidimensional trait. Much of the debate centers around the most widely used measure of creativity, the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT). This study used data from 1,000 kindergartners (ages 5-7), 1,000 third graders (ages 7-11) and 1,000 sixth…
Descriptors: Scores, Creative Thinking, Creativity Tests, Kindergarten
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Pomplun, Mark; Omar, Hafidz; Custer, Michael – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2004
The present study compares vertical scaling results for the Rasch model from BILOG-MG and WINSTEPS. The item and ability parameters for the real and simulated mathematics tests were scaled across five grades, second to sixth. The simulated data were based on real data for a series of mathematics tests for Grades 2 to 6. The results from WINSTEPS…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Scaling, Mathematics Tests, Item Response Theory