Building an Interim Assessment System: A Workbook for School Districts

This workbook contains the vision, infrastructure, and resource questions critical to a thorough, district-level self-examination of readiness for an interim assessment system. Staff at state departments of education can also use this resource when district-level staff approach the state agency seeking guidance.


Key Elements for Educational Accountability Models in Transition: A Guide for Policymakers

State educational accountability models are in transition. Whether modifying the present accountability system to comply with existing state and federal requirements or anticipating new ones-such as the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Race to the Top competition-recording the experiences of state education agencies (SEAs) that are currently undergoing transitions is both informative and important.


Interim Assessment Practices and Avenues for State Involvement – Appendices

This is a companion piece to the study summarizing the findings from case-studies profiling seven jurisdictions that administer, or support the use of, interim or benchmark assessments. Detailed information about each jurisdiction and its use of interim assessments to reported.


A Review and Empirical Comparison of Approaches for Improving the Reliability of Objective Level Scores

This paper reports on an evaluation of the psychometric issues associated with estimating objective level scores, often referred to as 'subscores.' Methods for increasing the reliability of subscore estimates that have been suggested in literature are reviewed. Based on this review, an empirical study comparing some of the more promising procedures was conducted using data from four different statewide testing programs, representing three different subject areas and various testing conditions.


Interim Assessment Practices and Avenues for State Involvement

To help describe the range of recent practice in the use of "interim assessments" (medium-scale, medium cycle assessments), this study employed a case-study approach. This report profiles seven jurisdictions that administer or facilitate the use of what is termed interim assessments, with a particular lens for policies and practices that appear to be effective -- or, at least innovative -- for state and local educational agencies.


Vertical Scaling in Standards-Based Educational Assessment and Accountability Systems

This paper describes vertical scaling as a method for linking a set of test forms of increasing difficulty, and explores the applicability of these methods for standards-based educational achievement tests under status-based and growth-based accountability priorities.


Validity Threats: Detection and Control Practices for State and Local Education Officials

Validity Threats: Detection and Control Practices for State and Local Education Officials (CCSSO, 2006) is designed to assist states with developing accountability systems.


State Education Indicators with a Focus on Title I 2001-2002

State Education Indicators with a Focus on Title I 2001-02 is based on two-page profiles that report the same indicators for each state and it is the seventh in a series.


Quality Control Checklist for Item Development and Test Form Construction

This checklist has been developed for use by state education agency staff to review developed test items and test forms submitted by vendors or item development committees. This checklist can also be used to train new office assessment staff, and item content and bias review committees.


Quality Control Checklist for Processing, Scoring, and Reporting

This checklist is appropriate for use with high-stakes tests as well as most other types of assessments and focuses on the quality control procedures for processing, scoring, and reporting. Some, but not all, quality control procedures for test form development are included in order to complete the steps for Criteria 1.