## A Profile of State Assessment Standards: 2005

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The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) developed a methodology to show where states? Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards fit on the NAEP scale. The methodology described in Mapping 2005 State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales is based on mathematics and reading assessment data. The mapping methodology offers an approximate, but credible, indication of the relative stringency of the states? AYP standards.

While the mapped NAEP equivalent scores are useful in determining the relative rigor of state proficiency standards, the results of the study should be interpreted with caution. Variations among states can be due to many factors, including differences in assessment frameworks, test specifications, the psychometric properties of the tests, the definition of AYP standards, and the standard setting process. At the request of the Education Information Management Advisory Consortium of the Council of Chief State School Officers (EIMAC), NCES developed this profile with contextual factors to help readers interpret the mapping results. Each state?s assessment and standards profile is based on information verified by the state?s NAEP representative as accurate for the 2004-2005 school year.

Each profile describes the skills that students are required to perform at the AYP standard in each individual state?s reading and mathematics testing program at grades 4 and 8. The description helps the reader understand how the skills required by states? AYP standards differ among the states and when compared to those specified for NAEP proficiency. In addition, the profile includes data related to the NAEP equivalent score of each state?s AYP percentage, and percentages of excluded students and types of accommodations allowed. The diagram below provides a description of the information included in the profile.

Sample Profile

Block 1: Appears as the first set of information in each state's profile for reading and mathematics, respectively. Describes NAEP equivalent grades and subjects tested, performance standard development, substantive changes made to the test since 2003, and skills assessed for AYP standard.