Measurement and Evaluation Methods for Academic Progress: An Example from the U.S.A.

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Year-Number: 2014-Volume 6, Issue 3

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This article introduces the concept of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), which has been used as the measure of academic progress within the context of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in the United States. After providing brief information about administering tests and reporting test results within the NCLB framework, methods of measurement and evaluation used to determine AYP were explained. Then, methods used to develop content and achievement standards for the exams were covered. The ways in which National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been used as a means of quality control for these standards were also presented. Finally, lessons to be learned from the AYP experience were discussed.

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Abstract

This article introduces the concept of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), which has been used as the measure of academic progress within the context of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in the United States. After providing brief information about administering tests and reporting test results within the NCLB framework, methods of measurement and evaluation used to determine AYP were explained. Then, methods used to develop content and achievement standards for the exams were covered. The ways in which National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been used as a means of quality control for these standards were also presented. Finally, lessons to be learned from the AYP experience were discussed.

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