Computer modeling of the instructionally insensitive nature of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exam

dc.contributor.advisorStroup, Walter M.en
dc.creatorPham, Vinh Huy, 1979-en
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-21T18:31:22Zen
dc.date.available2011-03-21T18:31:22Zen
dc.date.issued2009-08en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractStakeholders of the educational system assume that standardized tests are transparently about the subject content being tested and therefore can be used as a metric to measure achievement in outcome-based educational reform. Both analysis of longitudinal data for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exam and agent based computer modeling of its underlying theoretical testing framework have yielded results that indicate the exam only rank orders students on a persistent but uncharacterized latent trait across domains tested as well as across years. Such persistent rank ordering of students is indicative of an instructionally insensitive exam. This is problematic in the current atmosphere of high stakes testing which holds teachers, administrators, and school systems accountable for student achievement.en
dc.description.departmentScience, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Educationen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/10602en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subjectTexas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills examen
dc.subjectTAKSen
dc.subjectAcademic achievementen
dc.subjectStudent achievementen
dc.subjectModelingen
dc.subjectModelsen
dc.titleComputer modeling of the instructionally insensitive nature of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) examen
thesis.degree.departmentScience and Mathematics Educationen
thesis.degree.disciplineScience Educationen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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