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2008 MSA Reading Technical Report

Maryland School Assessment
Reading
Grades 3 through 8

Technical Report: 2008 Administration


TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

LIST OF TABLES

LIST OF FIGURES

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION

1. Overview of the 2008 Maryland School Assessment-Reading


1.1
Purposes/Uses of the 2008 MSA-Reading

1.2
The Voluntary State Curriculum

1.3
Development and Review of the 2008 MSA-Reading Items and Test

1.4
Test Form Design, Specifications, and Item Type

1.5
Test Administration of the 2008 MSA-Reading

1.6
Scoring Procedures of the 2008 MSA-Reading

1.7

Classical Analyses for the 2008 MSA-Reading Operational Forms


1.8

P-Value Check with Year-to-Year Linking Common Items


1.9
Validation Check with the 2008 MSA-Reading Operational BCR Items

1.10
Field Test Analyses

1.11
Constructing the 2008 MSA-Reading Operational Forms

1.12
Linking, Equating, and Scaling Procedures
1.13
Score Interpretation
1.14
Test Validity
1.15
Unidimensionality Analyses
1.16
Item Bank Construction
1.17
Quality Control Procedures

2. Current Results of the 2008 MSA-Reading

3. Overview of Statistical Summaries


3.1
Classical Descriptive Statistics

3.2
Scale Score Descriptive Statistics

3.3
Classical and Rasch (1-Parameter Logistic IRT) Item Parameters

3.4
Inter-Rater Reliability

3.5
Correlations Among Reading Processes

3.6
Decision Accuracy and Consistency at the Cut Scores

3.7
Differential Item Functioning

3.8
Equating and Scaling

4. The 2008 MSA-Reading Statistical Summary

REFERENCES

APPENDICES

A. The 2008 MSA-Reading Stratified Random Sampling
B. Scale Score Histograms and Tukey Charts
C. The 2008 MSA-Reading Classical and IRT Item Parameters
D. The 2008 MSA-Reading Blueprints

A complete copy of the 2008 MSA Reading Technical Report is also available.

Contact Information
Leslie Wilson, Assistant State Superintendent
Division of Accountability and Assessment
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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