High-Stakes Testing in Education: Science and Practice in K-12 Settings

High-Stakes Testing in Education: Science and Practice in K-12 Settings


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High-Stakes Testing in Education: Science and Practice in K-12 Settings by James A. Bovaird, Kurt F. Geisinger, Chad W. Buckendahl

The dramatic increase in the use of high-stakes testing in our schools-that is, the use of test scores in determining important outcomes for students-remains controversial. To evaluate and allay these concerns, educational testing professionals need to stay abreast of how high stakes testing is being implemented and validated in real-life environments.

Contributors discuss testing practices in a variety of public education settings and with a variety of populations these settings include local and state government, charter schools, and colleges, the groups tested include K-12 students, college applicants, students with limited English proficiency, and students with disabilities. The book also includes a group of chapters dealing with validity considerations and the consequences of test scores. Specific topics include examinee motivation, obtaining and making decisions based on validity evidence, and considering contextual sampling effects when evaluating validity evidence.

This text is for measurement practitioners, scholars, and advanced graduate students involved in researching and implementing practice and policies for high-stakes testing. It will serve as a valuable reference for practitioners and an excellent resource for graduate-level seminars in high-stakes testing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433809736
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 06/15/2011
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction James A. Bovaird Kurt F. Geisinger Chad W. Buckendahl 3

Chapter 1 Current State of High-Stakes Testing in Education Barbara S. Plake 11

I Current Issues in Kindergarten through Grade 12 Assessment 27

Chapter 2 Local Development of a High-Stakes Assessment Program: Lessons Learned and Research Results Gained John Crawford Patricia Crum 29

Chapter 3 Setting Performance Standards on Alternate Assessments for Students with Disabilities Abdullah A. Ferdous Sue Bechard Chad W. Buckendahl l43

Chapter 4 Assessing English Language Skills in Education: Implications for Students with Limited English Proficiency Anja Römhild James A. Bovaird 59

Chapter 5 Student Achievement and Adequate Yearly Progress Within the Indiana Charter School System W. Holmes Finch Brian F. French Mary Baker 77

Chapter 6 Revising a Large-Scale College Placement Examination Program: Innovation within Constraints Kristen Huff Gerald J. Melican 87

Chapter 7 A Role for College Admissions Tests in State Assessment Programs Sherri Miller Jay Happel 101

II Validity Considerations: Test Use and Consequences of Test Scores 117

Chapter 8 Finding Validity Evidence: An Analysis Using the Mental Measurements Yearbook Gregory J. Cizek Heather K. Koons Sharon L. Rosenberg 119

Chapter 9 A Model of Examinee Test-Taking Effort Steven L. Wise Lisa F. Smith 139

Chapter 10 Validity Arguments for High-Stakes Testing and Accountability Systems Deborah L. Bandalos Amanda E. Ferster Susan L. Davis Karen M. Samuelsen 155

Chapter 11 Testing and Measurement from a Multilevel View: Psychometrics and Validation Bruno D. Zumbo Barry Borer 177

Chapter 12 A High-Stakes Use of Intelligence Testing: A Forensic Case Study Chad W. Buckendahl Brett P. Foley 191

Chapter 13 High-Stakes Education Research: Enhanced Scrutiny of the Education System and Its Consequences James A. Bovaird Natalie A. Koziol 211

III Looking Ahead 229

Chapter 14 The Future of High-Stakes Testing in Education Kurt F. Geisinger 231

Index 249

About the Editors 261

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