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.
A presentation to the US Department of Education, sponsored by CCSSO. It provides a framework of design characteristics for school accountability systems and provides examples.
This paper presents the issues of reliability from the RILS 2000 conference, including relationship between test score reliabilities and reliability of school accountability decisions, statistics for comparing accountability reliabilities, influence of calculation methods, and factors that affect accountability reliabilities. Intended for people familiar with terms used in assessment and reliability, but who might not be familiar with the issues of reliability when used in the context of accountability. Includes many tables for detailed examination and reference.
Pennsylvania scores student writing samples on five domains. Scores on the five domains are highly correlated. This paper explores the correlations among the domains and addresses the issue of how much information provided about each domain is unique.
PowerPoint presentation of a North Carolina Assistance Team's efforts to improve elementary school tests of reading and math in grades 3-8. Discusses the goals of the ABCs of Accountability System, the Improved Schools Project, the work of the team, and the results of the team's findings relative to two highly improved schools.
A summary and extension of a paper given at the Annual Conference on Large-Scale Assessment in Houston, TX in June 2001. Discusses the technical problems with and policy issues of including scores from special ed students, who are often assessed differently from the majority of students.