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Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP)

UMass Center for Educational Assessment
MCAS Validity Reports


The Center for Educational Assessment has been working with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education over the past 10 years to prepare reports that address the validity of different aspects of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). The Center retained control of all technical aspects of the work, and is completely responsible for all conclusions that are made in these reports.

A complete list of all reports witha brief statement of contents for each can be found here.

Comments on any of the reports can be sent to Ronald Hambleton
at rkh @ educ.umass.edu.




MCAS Validity Report 1 DIF Detection and Interpretation in Large-Scale Science Assessments: Informing Item Writing Practices
April L. Zenisky, Ronald K. Hambleton, and Frederic Robin
Report Date: March 17, 2003

MCAS Validity Report 2 Evaluating the Consistency of Test Content across Two Successive Administrations of a State-Mandated Science and Technology Assessment
Timothy O'Neil, Stephen G. Sireci, and Kristen L. Huff
Report Date: April 2002

MCAS Validity Report 3 Comparing the Psychometric Properties of Monolingual and Dual Language Test Forms
Stephen G. Sireci and Shameem Nyla Khaliq
Report Date: June 30, 2002

MCAS Validity Report 4 Student Test Score Reports and Interpretive Guides: Review of Current Practices and Suggestions for Future Research
Dean P. Goodman and Ronald K. Hambleton
Report Date: June 19, 2003

MCAS Validity Report 5 A Multitrait-Multimethod Validity Investigation of the 2002 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Tests
Dean Goodman
Report Date: April 30, 2004

MCAS Validity Report 6 Comparison of Trends in NAEP, Massachusetts-NAEP, and MCAS Results
Stephen J. Jirka and Ronald K. Hambleton
Report Date: July 4, 2004

MCAS Validity Report 7 Alignment of MCAS Grade 10 English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Test Specifications
Ronald K. Hambleton and Yue Zhao
Report Date: December 18, 2004

MCAS Validity Report 8 MCAS 2001 Grade 10 ELA and Mathematics Model Fit Analyses
NIng Han
Report Date: December 8, 2003

MCAS Validity Report 9 Evaluating the Fit between Test Content, Instruction, and Curriculum Frameworks: A Review of Methods for Evaluating Test Alignment
Shuhong Li and Stephen G. Sireci
Report Date: June 30, 2005

MCAS Validity Report 10 Cognitive Complexity Levels for the MCAS Assessments
Stephen J. Jirka and Ronald K. Hambleton
Report Date: September 20, 2005

MCAS Validity Report 11 Test-Curriculum Alignment Study for MCAS Grades 4 and 7 ELA and Grades 4, 6, and 8 Mathematics
Ronald K. Hambleton and Yue Zhao
Report Date: November 24, 2005

MCAS Validity Report 12 Alignment of the MCAS Assessments To State Content Standards: An Example
Stephen J. Jirka and Ronald K. Hambleton
Report Date: September 20, 2005

MCAS Validity Report 13 Vertical Scaling for the MCAS
Craig Wells and Lisa Keller
Report Date: August 30, 2005

MCAS Validity Report 14 Investigation of MCAS-NAEP Comparisons and Other External Validity Evidence
Stephen J. Jirka and Ronald K. Hambleton
Report Date: June 30, 2005

MCAS Validity Report 15 MCAS 2006 Curriculum-Test Alignment Study Update
Ronald K. Hambleton, Yue Zhao, and Zachary R. Smith
Report Date: November 10, 2006

MCAS Validity Report 16 Test-Curriculum Alignment Study for New MCAS Tests in 2006: Grade 3 Reading, Grades 5, 6, and 8 English Language Arts, and Grades 3, 5, and 7 Mathematics
Ronald K. Hambleton, Zachary R. Smith, and Yue Zhao
Report Date: November 10, 2006

MCAS Validity Report 17 Psychometric Analyses of the 2006 MCAS High School Science and Technology/Engineering Tests
Ronald K. Hambleton, Yue Zhao, Zachary Smith, Wendy Lam, and Nina Deng
Report Date: January 30, 2008

MCAS Validity Report 18 Redesign of MCAS Tests Based on a Consideration of Information Functions
Ronald K. Hambleton and Wendy Lam
Report Date: January 9, 2009

MCAS Validity Report 19 MCAS Equating Research Report: An Investigation of FCIP-1, FCIP-2, and Stocking and Lord Equating Methods
Lisa A. Keller, Ronald K. Hambleton, Pauline Parker, and Jenna Copella
Report Date: December 10, 2008

MCAS Validity Report 20 Judging the Content and Statistical Equivalence of MCAS Operational and Linking Items
Nina Deng, Tia Sukin, and Ronald K. Hambleton
Report Date: May 25, 2009


This repository is a work-in-progress, and will be updated as additional reports become available.

Last Updated: November 19, 2011.

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