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Behavioral Objective   A behavioral objective defines an intended outcome of instruction. It describes what a successful learner is able to do at the end of the lesson or course,...  
Benchmark   Statement that provides a description of student knowledge expected at specific grades, ages, or developmental levels. Benchmarks often are used in conjunction...  
Bias   Bias is a situation that occurs in testing when items systematically measure differently for different ethnic, gender, or age groups. Test developers...  
California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)  The purpose of the CAHSEE is to ensure that students who graduate from high school can demonstrate grade-level competency in the state content standards...  
California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)  The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a testing program established by California law (Education Code Section 48412). If eligible...  
Ceiling   The upper limit of performance that can be measured effectively by a test ia called the ceiling. Individuals are said to have reached the ceiling of a...  
Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)  The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) is a partnership of UCLA, the University of Colorado, Stanford...  
Civic Objectives and Additional Assessment Plans (COAAP) 

English Literacy and Civics Education (EL Civics) is a part of federal grant administration by the Office of Adult Education, California Department...  

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)  Common Core State Standards is a nationwide initiative that is intended to bring diverse state curriculum requirements into alignment with each other...  
Competency-based Adult Education (CBAE)  Competency-based Adult Education (CBAE) is an educational framework relevant to the practical needs of adults. CBAE dominated the national adult education...  
Competency-Based Education (CBE)  A performance-based process leading to demonstrated mastery of skills or knowledge. This process involves identifying specific, measurable competencies...  
Composite Score   A Composite score is a single score used to express the combination, by averaging or summation, of the scores on several different tests...  
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS)  CASAS, a national leader in adult education and training systems, provides essential tools and resources for assessment, instruction and evaluation. CASAS...  
Constructed-Response Item   A constructed-response item is an assessment unit with directions, a question, or a problem that elicits a written, pictorial, or graphic response from...  
Content Validity   Content validity indicates the extent to which the content of the test samples the subject matter or situation about which conclusions are to be drawn...  
Continuous Improvement Measure (CIM)  An assessment planning tool and evaluation instrument for comprehensive literacy and workplace literacy programs. It assists agencies with identifying...  
Core Indicators of Performance   Core indicators of performance are the outcomes required by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. The indicators are: (1)Improvements in literacy...  
Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT)  Tests in which the items are linked to explicitly stated objectives and where the scores are interpreted in terms of these objectives rather than a group...  
Criterion-Referenced Assessment   An assessment that measures what a student understands, knows, or can accomplish in relation to specific performance objectives. It is used to identify...  
Culture-Fair Test   A culture-fair test is devised to exclude specific cultural stimuli so that persons from a particular culture will not be penalized or rewarded on the...  
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