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National Policy

Federal educational policy has far-reaching impacts on educational measurement and state accountability systems.


Federal educational policy has had far-reaching effects on educational measurement and state accountability systems. Educational research conducted to support national policy is concerned with the appropriate application of principles of good measurement to influence federal education policy. Topics include research information concerning measuring student proficiency, students with disabilities, and growth models to ensure student progress toward achievement goals, among many others.

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The innovations associated with the Common Core State Standards and Race to the Top, as well as the impending re-authorization of ESEA, promise to challenge the K–12 testing industry as never before. As the stakes associated with assessments increase, the security must also increase.

Performance Assessment for the Next Generation of State Assessments

The next generation of state assessments will focus on assessing achievement of the Common Core State Standards, monitoring growth toward college and career readiness, and will target content area knowledge, skills, and cognitive processes.

Aligning Achievement Level Descriptors to Mapped Item Demands to Enhance Valid Interpretations of Scale Scores and Inform Item Development

Achievement level descriptors (ALDs) delineate the knowledge, skills, and abilities found in the standards that a student should posess depending on his or her level of achievement. This study examines the relationships among various cognitive and contextual coding frameworks and item difficulty when reviewing items in test administration order, with the ultimate goal of informing improved procedures for developing ALDs.

The Effect of Sample Size on Student Growth Percentiles

The student growth percentile (SGP) model may be used as a normative approach to evaluate growth in student achievement. The effect of sample size on the calculation of SGP, and the implications of various sample sizes, is investigated.

A Guide for Effective Assessment

We provide information that serves as a starting point and as a continuing reference for school board members, educators, and policy leaders for guidance.

21st Century Approach: Preparing Students for the Global Workplace

A Vision for Innovative Assessment and Reporting in the 21st Century

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: The Importance of Student Achievement and School Reform

This white paper summarizes key educational components of ARRA, shows the alignment of CTB solutions to ARRA programs, identifies five questions from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that educators should answer, and provides links to additional resources.


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