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Martiniello, Maria – Harvard Educational Review, 2008
In this article, Maria Martiniello reports the findings of a study of the linguistic complexity of math word problems that were found to exhibit differential item functioning for English-language learners (ELLs) and non-ELLs taking the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) fourth-grade math test. It builds on prior research showing…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Test Items, Protocol Analysis, Mathematics Tests
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Brennan, Robert T.; Kim, Jimmy; Wenz-Gross, Melodie; Siperstein, Gary N. – Harvard Educational Review, 2001
Comparison of teacher-assigned grades and Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) scores in English, math, and science for 736 eighth-graders reveals that MCAS hurts African-Americans and Latinos/as in math and girls in math and science. Equitability disparities indicate the need for caution in high-stakes testing; scores should be…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Grade 8, Grades (Scholastic)