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Alignment and the States: Three Approaches to Aligning the National Assessment of Educational Progress with State Assessments, Other Assessments, and Standards

Author(s)Martha Vockley
Publication dateJanuary 2009
publication pdfAlignment and the States
KeywordsStandards & Assessment; NAEP; SEC

This report will help states understand three alignment approaches: the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Education Statistics Services Institute (ESSI) Procedural Manual; the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) model; and the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) model. The paper focuses on the questions each model is designed to answer; the methodologies, tools, resources, analyses, and products offered; and the amount of time and human resources required. The report includes a table for side-by-side comparison of each model's key features, as well as a glossary of alignment-related terms.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) sponsored the development of these approaches to support state alignment initiatives. State NAEP coordinators, state and district assessment and curriculum directors, and other state and district officials can use this information to compare and select an alignment approach or model that best matches their needs, expectations, and resources to achieve their alignment objectives. These alignment approaches also could prove useful to states interested in comparing their assessment systems to international assessments.

Contact:Kimberly  Rhodeskimberlyr@ccsso.org202-312-6865