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How to Analyze Test Results

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LEVEL IV RESULTS

Scores by Year (System & School): 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Search Tool: School or System and Years (grades 3-8)*

* PARCA has redacted reports with 10 or fewer students following protocols established by the Alabama State Department of Education as well as instance that might otherwise compromise confidentiality.

STATEWIDE ARMT TEST SCORE COMPARISONS FOR ALABAMA SCHOOLS

OUR APPROACH

Results of Using Our Approach

Subgroup Trends by System & School

 

  • The Goal:  Engagement

At the level of school systems and schools, the goal of test-score analysis should be to engage external as well as internal stakeholders in a process focused on improving student performance. 

  • The Method:  Easily Understood Comparisons

This is best accomplished through straightforward comparisons that are easily understood by all stakeholders.  The comparisons should identify various levels of performance, recognizing success while encouraging goal-setting for improved performance within the system and at each school.

  • Analysis by Subgroup

Students are tested for subject-matter mastery on the Alabama Reading and Math Test (ARMT) in grades 3-8.  Results are presented as percentages of students in various subgroups scoring at one of four levels of performance, by grade and subject.  Analyzing results by subgroup ensures that we focus on persistent performance gaps that need to be eliminated.

  • Level IV Results

Level IV results provide the best benchmark for performance in the national setting, as seen by comparing ARMT to NAEP results.

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  • Subgroup Benchmarks

It is useful to compare student subgroup performance in a school system with state benchmarks for that subgroup, measuring five levels of performance:  high, above average, average, below average, and low.  We do this by color-coding the results to provide a visual representation of performance patterns.

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