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.
This is a report on the generalizability of writing prompts for high school students in Pennsylvania. Note that some additional detail on the data collected for use in this study can be found in 'Analyses of the Scoring of Writing Essays For the Pennsylvania System of Student Assessment', also on this website.
As is true for most states, Pennsylvania has a process for adjudicating papers when scorers do not agree. This paper explores the amount that scoring accuracy improves when several different possible rules for adjudication are applied.
Presentation at the Seminar on Using Multiple Measures and Indicators to Judge Schools' Adequate Yearly Progress under Title 1, Sponsored by CCSSO & US DOE, Washington, DC, March 23-24, 2001.
Reports an empirical analysis of the reliability (decision consistency) of California's school accountability system API (Academic Performance Index). Reports standard errors for different size schools, and probabilities for decision consistency for different size schools, subgroups, and postulated amounts of "true gain."