Identifying students who are off-track academically in ninth grade – the role of social-emotional learning trajectories
Do students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills in middle school predict being off-track to graduate high school?
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In this Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis seminar, Megan Kuhfeld discusses projections of COVID-19-related learning loss and its potential effect on test scores in the 2020-21 school year and outlines on-going work to measure student learning between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.
By: Megan Kuhfeld
Avoiding bias from sum scores in growth estimates: An examination of IRT-based approaches to scoring longitudinal survey responses
A huge portion of what we know about how humans develop, learn, behave, and interact is based on survey data. Although there is great deal of guidance on scaling and linking IRT-based large-scale educational assessment to facilitate the estimation of examinee growth, little of this expertise is brought to bear in the scaling of psychological and social-emotional constructs. Through a series of simulation and empirical studies, we produce scores in a single-cohort repeated measure design using sum scores as well as multiple IRT approaches and compare the recovery of growth estimates from longitudinal growth models using each set of scores.
The 2020 MAP Growth Norms report presents mathematics, reading, language arts and science achievement and growth patterns for students attending public schools across the U.S. It includes details on the methodological approach, information on MAP Growth assessments, the tested student population and post-stratification weighting, growth modeling, and implications of the study for research and practice, as well as tables showing student and school status and growth norms, status percentiles, growth distributions, and growth percentiles
Do response styles affect estimates of growth on social-emotional constructs? Evidence from four years of longitudinal survey scores
This study explored how response style affects estimates of growth.
This study leveraged a racially/ethnically diverse sample of third and fourth grade students and teachers in a large, urban district to investigate whether stable student and teacher characteristics (e.g., sex) and observed quality of classroom interactions influenced change in students’ perceptions of interactions with their teacher.
By: Catherine Corbin, Erik Ruzek, Jason Downer, Amy Lowenstein, Joshua Brown
Important educational policy decisions, like whether to shorten or extend the school year, often assume that growth in achievement is linear through the school year. This research examines this untested assumption using data from seven million students in kindergarten through 8th grade across the fall, winter, and spring of the 2016-17 school year.
Impacts of school entry age on academic growth through 2nd Grade: A multi-state regression discontinuity analysis
This paper contributes novel causal evidence for the impacts of kindergarten entry age on academic growth in the first three years of school.