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How can we determine if the state test is aligned...

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Districts will need to determine for themselves whether or not the state test is aligned with their reform efforts. They will need to obtain the information about the state test from those responsible for developing the test. District staff will need to review this information, including sample items, if available, and determine if there is alignment with reform efforts. If the state test is not aligned with the reform curriculum, then it is unlikely that it will be sensitive to the instruction being offered. In such an instance, one should try to identify and get permission to administer a measure that is well aligned. Alignment is the basic underpinning of validity. Alternatively, if some of the items in the test align well and others don't you can ask your scoring service if it is possible to have those items scored separately. Expect to pay extra for this service.


Joy Frechtling, 2/9/2001