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Title:  Testing the Importance of Individual Growth Curves in Predicting Performance on a High-Stakes Reading Comprehension Test in Florida
Description: REL Southeast at Florida State University evaluated student growth in reading comprehension over the school year and compared the growth to the end-of-year Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Using archival data for 2009/10, the study analyzes a stratified random sample of 800,000 Florida students in grades 3-10: their fall, winter, and spring reading comprehension scores on the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR) and their reading comprehension scores on the FCAT. This study examines the relationship among descriptive measures of growth and inferential measures for students in grades 3-10 and considers how well such measures statistically explain differences in end-of-year reading comprehension after controlling for student performance on a mid-year status assessment. Student differences in reading comprehension performance were explained by the four growth estimates (measured by the coefficient of determination, R2) and differed by status variable used (performance on the fall, winter, or spring FAIR reading comprehension screen).
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Cover Date: January 2014
Web Release: January 22, 2014
Print Release: January 22, 2014
Publication #: REL 2014006
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Center/Program: REL
Associated Centers: NCEE
Authors: Yaacov Petscher, Sarah Kershaw, Sharon Koon, Barbara R. Foorman: Florida Center for Reading Research at the Florida State University
Type of Product: Applied Research Methods
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Erin Pollard.