This research study compared the three commonly used norm-referenced assessments (Northwest Evaluation Assessment, STAR Enterprise, and AIMSweb) to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment. The basic question was which one of the three assessments provided the best predictive validity scores to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment. Yearly scores from three years were gathered to evaluate which one of the three assessments had a stronger correlation score to the MCA. The study was confined to using 4th grade scores from three different schools located on a Native American reservation. Each school used one of the three common standardized reference assessments, and each school administered the MCA in the spring using winter scores. These scores were used to evaluate whether a student is on track to reach proficiency on the MCA. Findings showed that two of the three assessments had strong correlation scores. NWEA-MAP and STAR Enterprise had the strongest correlation. Further findings showed that STAR Enterprise had the strongest correlation score with a caveat that this is a new assessment and needs more research. Findings from this study allow schools to use two of the assessments with confidence that it is giving them quality scores.
|Advisor:||Kotz, Paul E.|
|Commitee:||Feder-Lewis, Sonia N., Germundsen, Richard, Hines, Sue, McClure, Jack|
|School:||Saint Mary's University of Minnesota|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational tests & measurements, Education|
|Keywords:||Aimsweb, Assessments, Mca, Native-american, Nwea-map, Star-enterprise|
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