During the evolution of education reform in the nineties, school districts across the United States have struggled to comply with federal requirements. In response to the increasing need for data gathering, disaggregation, and analysis, the authors have compiled a pragmatic guide to developing standards-based accountability systems using multiple measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the compensatory education programs. Step-by-step explanations, examples, data, and tips on implementation are included. This book is a synthesis and an expansion of the handouts, reports, graphs and charts, and communiques related to the authors' work with 130 school districts. All tables and examples used in the book are derived from real data collected from real schools in these districts.
A Multiple Measure Imperative
Reliability, Validity and Fairness
How to Combine Multiple Measures
Multiple Measures and Special Populations
Multiple Measures and Standards
Data-Driven School Improvement
"Combines multiple genres of assessment into a meaningful and communicative whole. This approach can be used to both guide student instruction and justify and allocate resources."
Edith L. Hunsberger
Associate in Professional Examinations, New York State Education Department, Delmar, NY
"The authors offer administrators and policymakers specific examples of how to actually combine multiple measures to answer questions of accountability."
Ken Schatmeyer, Consultant
Center for Curriculum & Assessment; Ohio Department of Education, Columbus