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Should NAEP Performance Standards Be Used for Setting Standards for State Assessments? Author(s): James Pellegrino Source: ThePhiDeltaKappan, Vol. 88, No. 7 (Mar., 2007), pp. 539-541 Published by: Phi Delta Kappa International Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20442314 . Accessed: 07/09/2011 22:49 . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. Phi Delta Kappa International is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to The Phi Delta Kappan. http://www.jstor.org
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Should NAEP Performance Standards Be Used for Setting Standards for State Assessments? The National Assessment of Educational Progress is considered the "gold standard" of assessment. However, Mr. Pellegrino warns, those who are setting proficiency standards for state tests to meet the requirements of NCLB should be wary of using NAEP's achievement levels as a guide. BY JAMES PELLEGRINO ONFUSION and controversy frequent ly surround the process of setting per formance standards for a state's high stakes achievement assessments. This is especially problematic because perform ance data from such tests are used to meet the adequate yearly progress (AYP) _ ~~provisions of the No Child Left Be JAMES PELLEGRINO is a distinguished professor of cognitive psychology and education at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where he also serves as co-director of the Center for the Study of Learning, Instruction, and Teacher Development. Illustration: Liquid Library MARCH 2007 539
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hind (NCLB) legislation. In light of these pressures, there is a natural tendency for policy makers, the press, and the public to use the National Assessment of Edu cational Progress (NAEP) for comparisons and guid ance. There are two primary reasons why NAEP, right-, ly or wrongly, is often singled out in this way. First, NAEP is considered the "gold standard" of education al assessments, largely because of its history as a nation al indicator and the quality and care that have gone into its design and development. Second, because NAEP is seen as a high-quality indicator of academic achievement, its performance standards are perceived to have greater rigor and validity than those set for many other assess ments, including the achievement tests developed by individual states. NAEP results
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