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					   The No Child Left
    Behind Act of 2001
     Establish challenging
     Develop aligned
     Build accountability
      systems for districts and
      schools based on
      educational results
   NCLB extended the Improving America’s
    Schools Act of 1994’s assessment
    requirements to include:
     Annual assessments in reading/language arts and
     math in all grades 3-8 and assessments
     administered at least once in grades 10-12
 States must develop academic content standards
  in science and aligned assessments based on
  those standards
 Science assessments must be administered at
  least once in each of the three grade spans: 3-5,
  6-9, and 10-12
 Statewide Writing
 STARS (Math, Science,
  Social Studies)
 NeSA – R
 NeSA – M
 NeSA – Science
   Norm-referenced tests compare a student’s
    score against the scores of a group of people
    who have already taken the same exam

     Statewide Writing
     STARS (Math, Science, Social Studies)
   Criterion-referenced tests are intended to
    measure how well a person has learned a
    specific body of knowledge and skills

     NWEA MAPs
     NeSA – R
     NeSA – M
     NeSA – Science
   Often help teachers decide more accurately
    when to stop instruction that’s focused on a
    particular educational objective

     AimsWeb – ongoing testing for grades K-8 and
     grades 9-12 when needed. Purpose is for
     Response to Intervention and Progress
  Assessment                 Date               Students          Purpose

                   September 7-30th          Grades 3-5      State Reporting;
NWEA MAPs          January 5-20th Optional   Grades 3-5      District/Placement
                   April 4-29th              Grades 2-5
                                                             State Reporting,
Statewide Writing January 24 – February 11 Grades 4, 8, 11   District

STARS (Math,                                                 State Reporting
Science, Social    Point of Instruction      Grades 3-12     (AYP), District
NeSA – R                                                     State Reporting
NeSA – M           March 29 – May 6          Grades 3-12     (AYP), District
NeSA – Science
   Assessment reliability refers to consistency of

     Important so that valid interpretations may be
     made about the meaning of students’ test
   Validity is the accuracy of the interpretations
    that are made based on students’
    performances on measurement devices

     May be the most important by which to judge the
     quality of an assessment
   Assessment bias can happen in any instance
    that a group of students might either be
    offended or unfairly penalized on the basis of
    personal characteristics such as gender,
    religion, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic

     It needs to be a level playing field for all students
   It is imperative that results from assessments
    are used in a positive manner to help or
    change current curriculum
   Assessments need to be beneficial to the
    school as well as the students
   Results need to impact the direction that the
    school is going, either by keeping up the
    good work or by changing gears
   Assessment for Educational Leaders, by W.
    James Popham

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