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Marion, Scott – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2018
There seems to always be a new twist on high school testing in the U.S.; testing that is, at least in part, mandated by federal education law. As someone who grew up taking the New York State Regents exams, the author has thinking about high school testing for a long time. In this report, the author offers some thoughts about the current state of…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Evaluation, Standardized Tests, Federal Legislation
Landl, Erika L. – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2018
Over the last five years, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) is requiring states to provide more and better evidence supporting the quality and validity of their assessment and accountability systems. Notably, states are asked to explain more fully how the proposed design of their systems will provide accurate and reliable information that…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Accountability
Marion, Scott – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2017
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) provided feedback to several states recently regarding the states' ESSA plan. Among other issues, ED raised questions regarding the use of indices for the achievement indicator. ED expressed concerns that some of the states' index systems allowed the performance of high achieving students to "mask"…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Indicators, Accountability, State Regulation
Marion, Scott – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2017
The author is disappointed to hear about the feedback that several states have received from the United States Department of Education (USED) regarding the proposed additional indicator of school quality and student success for grades 3-8. The "equity indicator" has been used in Wyoming and Utah for several years and there is substantial…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Equal Education, State Standards, Accountability
Marion, Scott – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2016
The Elementary and Secondary Schools Education Act (ESEA) was finally reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The reauthorization was long overdue and with its passage comes much hype and some misinformation about what the law permits and does not permit. The purpose of this brief is to outline some of the key accountability…
Descriptors: State Officials, State Policy, Policy Formation, Accountability
Briggs, Derek C.; Diaz-Bilello, Elena; Peck, Fred; Alzen, Jessica; Chattergoon, Rajendra; Johnson, Raymond – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2015
This report describes the use of a Learning Progression Framework (LPF) to support the Student Learning Objectives (SLO) process. The report highlights a few common threats we currently see in the SLO process implemented at various states and districts, and offers the LPF as a possible solution for addressing these threats. This report was…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Educational Objectives, Academic Achievement, Elementary School Students
Betebenner, Damian W. – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2011
In this report, student growth percentiles and percentile growth projections/trajectories are introduced as a means of understanding student growth in both normative and a criterion referenced ways. With these values calculated, the author shows how growth data can be utilized in both a norm- and in a criterion-referenced manner to inform…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Growth Models, Data Analysis, Information Utilization
DePascale, Charles A. – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2009
Unparalleled demands on state assessment programs and conditions associated with the availability of federal monies, particularly the $350 million portion of the $4 billion Race to the Top funds set aside for assessment, have led to a renewed interest in the establishment of state consortia for the development and administration of assessment…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Motivation, Best Practices