Self-Monitoring Assessments for Educational Accountability Systems

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Title: Self-Monitoring Assessments for Educational Accountability Systems
Author: Koretz, Daniel; Beguin, Anton

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Citation: Koretz, Daniel, and Anton Beguin. 2010. Self-monitoring assessments for educational accountability systems. Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 8, no. 2-3: 92-109.
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Abstract: Test-based accountability is now the cornerstone of U.S. education policy, and it is becoming more important in many other nations as well. Educators sometimes respond to test-based accountability in ways that produce score inflation. In the past, score inflation has usually been evaluated by comparing trends in scores on a high-stakes test to trends on a lower-stakes audit test. However, separate audit tests are often unavailable, and their use has several important drawbacks, such as potential bias from motivational differences. As an alternative, we propose self-monitoring assessments (SMAs) that incorporate audit components into operational high-stakes assessments. This paper provides a framework for designing SMAs. It describes five specific SMA designs that could be incorporated into the non-equivalent groups anchor test linking approaches used by most large-scale assessments and discusses analytical issues that would arise in their use.
Published Version: doi:10.1080/15366367.2010.508685
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