Evaluating Student Motivation in Field Testing: Concepts, Implementation, Analysis, and Interpretation

Tuesday, June 23, 2015: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Promenade AB (Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego)
  • NCSA Malingering items 20150623.pptx (9.7 MB)
  • Content Strands:
    1. Assessments adhere to best practices in test administration
    2. Assessments support state goals and policies
    As assessment programs transition, there is frequently a lag time in implementation that can have an unintended impact on related accountability and teacher evaluation systems. Because transitioning to a new program often requires stand alone as opposed to embedded field test designs, there can be cohorts of students for whom the results of the assessment have limited meaning. As a result, programs often consider the effect of student motivation when evaluating the stability of field test results along with decisions about when to reset achievement levels. The challenge can be magnified when some students in the population are motivated to perform when others may or may not be similarly motivated. This session illustrates the design and implementation of a plan to evaluate the level of student motivation for End of Course assessments that will be used as a component of graduation eligibility. Findings and recommendations for practice will be provided.