[Rasch] NCLB, anchor items, and a Common Core (was: how many anchor items do I need)

Steven L. Kramer skramer1958 at verizon.net
Sat Jul 14 02:14:05 EST 2007


I'd expect that the NAEP people would be involved.  The point is to realize 
that setting standards behind a high stakes test is a very important and 
value-laden activity, requiring lots of expertise in student learning, in 
coherent development of content, etc.--so lots of experts need to be 
involved.  If theirs is only one voice among many, I suspect that the NAEP 
people would have useful input to offer.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stuart Luppescu" <s-luppescu at uchicago.edu>
To: "Steven L. Kramer" <skramer1958 at verizon.net>
Cc: <Rasch at acer.edu.au>
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 10:17 AM
Subject: Re: [Rasch] NCLB, anchor items, and a Common Core (was: how many 
anchor items do I need)

On é?', 2007-07-13 at 09:40 -0400, Steven L. Kramer wrote:
> Dear Rasch colleagues,
> Here are my current thoughts about using Common Core items to improve
> U.S. No Child Left Behind tests.  They are written for a non-technical
> audience and intentionally kept short.  I incorporated some of the
> earlier discussion on this list-serve about the limitations of
> equating given different sets of standards, although in very
> abbreviated form.
> What do you-all think?

Very interesting idea. It certainly will make it possible to compare
across states, while maintaining a good deal of local autonomy. It will
also leave the standard setting procedure up to the states, although
after this it will be clear which states have unusually low (or high)
standards. The only potential problem I anticipate is the guys who
developed NAEP getting their fingers into the process, making the
results opaque, obfuscated and useless.

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