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Testing Expert Questions Multiple Measures

By Alexander Russo — August 02, 2007 1 min read

Reactions to the Miller speech continue to trickle in, including a story in yesterday’s Ed Daily (subscription required) that reiterates Miller’s intent to prevent multiple measures from turning into an “escape hatch” (as if there aren’t already enough of those) and tensions with ranking member Buck McKeon, who has threatened to block the bill if necessary.

There’s also mention of a letter from testing expert Bill Sanders that calls multiple measures into question: “Most of the measures usually advocated under the banner of ‘multiple measures’ have so little reliability that any attempt to use them in summative assessment is certain to provide results so untrustworthy that essentially no distinction among schools can be made.”

Will multiple measures turn into a big “do-or-die issue,” or will it be worked out in a way that gives the NEA credit for changing NCLB without gutting the already-loose NCLB accountability framework? I don’t exactly know. But my guess is that something will get worked out that allows the reauthorization to move forward even if it doesn’t really help the functionality of the law.

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