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NWEA Technical Manual 2003

NWEA Technical Manual 2003

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NWEA is the Northwest Evaluation Association. NWEA is a non-profit that makes the adaptive on-line "benchmark" test known as MAP (Measures of Academic Progress.) this product is in use in Seattle Public Schools. There are parents who have concerns about this test being used in SPS, and the manner in which this product was selected.
NWEA is the Northwest Evaluation Association. NWEA is a non-profit that makes the adaptive on-line "benchmark" test known as MAP (Measures of Academic Progress.) this product is in use in Seattle Public Schools. There are parents who have concerns about this test being used in SPS, and the manner in which this product was selected.

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Technical Manual for theNWEA Measures of Academic Progressand Achievement Level TestsSeptember 2003
 
© 2003 Northwest Evaluation Association, Portland, Oregon
Copyright © 2003 Northwest Evaluation Association All rights reserved. No part of this manual may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from NWEA.NWEA 12909 SW 68th Parkway, Suite 400Portland, Oregon 97223Phone: (503) 624-1951Fax: (503) 639-7873 Website:www.nwea.orgGeneral Info: munse@nwea.org
 
© 2003 Northwest Evaluation Association, Portland, Oregon
Table of Contents
Foreword.............................................................................................................1Acknowledgments...............................................................................................2Introduction.........................................................................................................3
Other Resources......................................................................................................................................3Organization of This Manual..................................................................................................................4Cova
l
ent Assessments.............................................................................................................................5
Educational Assessment ......................................................................................6
The Principles That Guide NWEA Assessments...................................................................................6MAP and ALT in a Comprehensive Assessment Plan..........................................................................9
Testing for a Purpose: NWEA Assessment Design ..............................................9
Test Structure ..........................................................................................................................................9Achievement Level Tests (ALT).....................................................................................................10Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).........................................................................................12Testing Modality...................................................................................................................................15
The Item Banks and Measurement Scales..........................................................17
The Measurement Model......................................................................................................................17Scale Development and Item Calibration.............................................................................................19Phase I: Developing the Measurement Scales...............................................................................19Phase II: Maintaining the Measurement Scales.............................................................................20Item Development.................................................................................................................................21Item Writing and Editing.................................................................................................................21Item Bias Review.............................................................................................................................22Content Category Assignment.........................................................................................................23Field Testing.....................................................................................................................................23Item Analyses and Calibration.........................................................................................................24Periodic Review of Item Performance.................................................................................................27
The Assessment Process....................................................................................28
Test Development.................................................................................................................................29Test Design.......................................................................................................................................29ALT Test Specifications.............................................................................................................29MAP Test Specifications............................................................................................................31Content Definition............................................................................................................................32Item Selection...................................................................................................................................34Test Construction.............................................................................................................................35Test Administration...............................................................................................................................36

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