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Interpreting Standardized Test Scores: Strategies for Data-Driven Instructional Decision Making is designed to help K-12 teachers and administrators understand the nature of standardized tests and, in particular, the scores that result from them. This useful manual helps teachers develop the skills necessary to incorporate these test scores into various types of instructional decision making—a process known as “data-driven decision making”—necessitated by the needs of their students.

Value-Added Analysis and Interpretation
Value-added analysis and interpretation

In this module, the concept of value-added analysis and interpretation is introduced and discussed. There is a stark contrast between value-added assessment and more basic types of test data analysis. We will first consider what is meant by value-added; then we will examine a straightforward value-added process that can be used by teachers. Finally, we will consider one example of using value-added analysis.

What is “Value-Added” Analysis?

By this point in this book, it should be very obvious that I advocate the idea that test scores need to be viewed as our friends and not as our enemies. However, using them as a single accountability tool is somewhat inadequate (Monson, 2002). For example, comparing the test performance of this year's ...

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