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Errors in Standardized Tests: A Systemic Problem

Errors in Standardized Tests: A Systemic Problem

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Errors inStandardizedTests:A SystemicProblem
Kathleen Rhoades & George MadausLynch School of EducationBoston CollegeMa
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2003
Errors inStandardized Tests:A Systemic Problem
 National Board on EducationalTesting and Public Policy
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
We wish to thank the Ford Foundation for their encouragement and generous support of this project.We would also like to thank Walt Haney and Monty Neil for contributing reportson testing errors and related material.Finally,we are grateful to Anne Wheelock for the manytestng errors that she brought to our attention over the past three years,and for the editorialcomments she offered that undoubtedly improved our report.Any errors contained in thisreport are the sole responsibility of the authors.
 
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CONTENTS
PAGEIntroduction
................................................................................................................................................................................................5
Part 1:Errors in Systems,Error in Testing
......................................................................................................................................6
Part 2:Documenting Active Errors in Testing
..........................................................................................................................11
Part 3:Documenting Latent Errors in Testing
..........................................................................................................................20
Conclusion
..................................................................................................................................................................................................28
End Notes
....................................................................................................................................................................................................31
Appendix A:Testing Errors Not Detected by Testing Contractors
..................................................................................33
Appendix B:Testing Errors Detected by Testing Contractors
..........................................................................................44
Appendix C:Errors in School Rankings
........................................................................................................................................49
Appendix D:Gray Areas;Test Results that Don’t Add Up
....................................................................................................54
Bibliography
..............................................................................................................................................................................................57

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