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Statistical Linkages between State Education Assessments and the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Arenson, Ethan A.

Abstract: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) measures the educational achievement of nationally representative samples of students in grades 4, 8, and 12. Local educational agencies tend to view the NAEP as a benchmark to which the educational achievement of their students can be compared. In particular, state departments of education wish to compare their assessments to the NAEP. The complex design of the NAEP renders simple comparisons problematic at best. A linear projection-plus-variation method is used to translate student state assessment scores onto the NAEP scale. The accuracy of this method is estimated through repeated half- sampling. A brief description of the 1998 NAEP reading assessment for grades 4 and 8 is discussed. Results from one of the six states in the current linkage study and recommendations for establishing a successful linkage are also presented. (Contains 2 tables and 12 references.) (Author/SLD)

Title: Statistical Linkages between State Education Assessments and the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Author: Arenson, Ethan A.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Sacramento Statistical Association (Sacramento, CA, March 31, 1999).
Publication Year: March 31, 1999
Document Type: Reports--research (143); Speeches/meeting Papers (150)
Target Audience: Administrators and Practitioners and Teachers
ERIC Identifier: ED432609
Clearinghouse Identifier: TM029992
Available from: EDRS Price MF01/PC01 Plus Postage.
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Descriptors: * Academic Achievement; Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 8; National Competency Tests; Reading Tests; Sampling; Standardized Tests; * State Programs; * Statistical Analysis; * Test Results; * Testing Programs

Identifiers: *Linkage; *National Assessment of Educational Progress; State Reading Assessments

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