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The Future of Test-Based Educational Accountability

Edited by Katherine E. Ryan, Lorrie A. Shepard

Routledge – 2010

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Description

In recent decades testing has become a much more visible and high-stakes accountability mechanism that is now seen as a powerful tool that can be used to drive school improvement. The purpose of this book is to identify and analyze the key issues associated with test-based educational accountability and to chart the future of educational accountability research. Chapter contributions are intended to be forward looking rather than a compendium of what has happened in the past. The book provides an accessible discussion of issues such as validity, test equating, growth modeling, fairness for special populations, causal inferences, and misuses of accountability data.

Reviews

"The book includes chapters on the context, technical and substantive issues, effects, and future directions of educational accountability, written by a veritable "Who’s Who" in the field of educational measurement…Overall, The Future of Test-Based Educational Accountability does an admirable job of distilling the knowledge of many of the nation’s best thinkers in educational measurement, both policy and practice."—William L. Brown, Education Review (May 2009)

Contents

Preface and Organization of the Book

Part I. THE CONTEXT OF EDUCATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY

Chapter 1. Educational Accountability Systems. Robert Linn

Chapter 2. A Brief History of Accountability Testing: 1965-2007. Lorrie Shepard

Chapter 3. The Politics of Educational Accountability: Can the Clock be Turned Back? Lorraine McDonnell

Part II. EDUCATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY: TECHNICAL AND SUBTANTIVE ISSUES

Chapter 4: Further Steps Toward the Development of an Accountability-Oriented Science of Measurement. Dan Koretz

Chapter 5: Reliability of Large-Scale Assessment and Accountability Systems. Vonda Kiplinger

Chapter 6: Equating and Linking of Educational Assessments in High-Stakes Accountability Systems. Vonda Kiplinger and Laura Hamiliton

Chapter 7: Standard Setting. Edward Haertel

Chapter 8: Toward a Normative Understanding of Student Growth. Damian Betenbenner

Chapter 9: Causes and Effects. Derek Briggs and Ed Wiley

Chapter 10: Fairness Issues and Educational Accountability. Katherine E. Ryan

PART III: EDUCATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY EFFECTS

Chapter 11: Accountability and Assessment: Is Public Interest in K-12 Education Being Served? Joan Herman

Chapter 12. A View from the Teacher Trenches: Accountability and the Betrayal of the Standards Vision. Bella Rosenberg

Chapter 13: School Improvement and Educational Accountability. David Miller

Chapter 14: Enhanced Assessment for School Accountability and Student Improvement. Steven Dunbar

Part IV FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR EDUCATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY

Chapter 15: Learning and Assessment in an Accountability Context. Eva Baker

Chapter 16: Future Directions for Educational Accountability: Notes for a Political Economy of Measurement. Michael Feuer

Author Bio

Katherine E. Ryan is Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana. Her research interests focus on educational evaluation and the intersection of educational accountability issues and high stakes assessment.

Lorrie A. Shepard is Professor of Education and the Dean of the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on psychometrics and the use and misuse of tests in educational settings.

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