Center for Assessment team members write and present extensively on topics relating to assessment and accountability. As part of our mission and in order to increase and improve assessment and accountability practices nationally, we make our guides, presentations, papers, reports and other resources widely available.
Validity study that compares the relationships between performance on the Massachusetts Assessment System (MCAS) and other tests scores with a commercial, standardized test in one district (Collaborating District A, Grades 4 and 10); examines results for gender, race-ethnicity, and course-taking patterns.
Summary of findings from two studies of MCAS validity by Gong, Thacker and Hoffman; summarizes MCAS relationships with scores on other standardized tests, gender, race-ethnicity, transience, and course-taking patterns.
Recommendations for the design of the Louisiana school accountability system, including how to combine data from different indicators, set growth targets, and deal with inclusion of all students.
Presentation at the 1998 Policy and Practices Forum sponsored by ECS; discusses stakes, student-level reporting, reporting statistic, evaluation design, performance-based assessment, national comparisons, and releasing test questions.
Presentation at the 1997 CCSSO Annual Large-scale Assessment Conference; discusses systems of evaluating "adequate yearly progress" as well as methods of calculating and reducing error.