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Adult Education Dictionary: Assessment & Testing

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Data-Driven Decision Making   A process of making decisions about curriculum and instruction based on the analysis of classroom data and standardized test data. Data-driven decision...  
Diagnostic Test   A diagnostic test is intended to locate learning difficulties or patterns of error. Such tests yield measures of specific knowledge, skills, or abilities...  
Differential Sample Attrition   Sample attrition refers to when members of the sample drop out during the course of a study. This becomes a problem if students representing a particular...  
Disaggregated Data   "Disaggregate" means to separate a whole into its parts. In education, this term means that test results are sorted into groups of students who are economically...  
Distinguished Schools   Awards granted to schools when they make major gains in achievement....  
Educational Functioning Level (EFL)  Educational Functioning Levels are used by states to report educational gains of adult education students participating in the federal program. As defined...  
EFF Performance Standard   EFF performance standards specify "how good is good enough." They indicate both the nature of the evidence, such as an essay, mathematical proof, scientific...  
EFF Standards   The Equipped for the Future initiative is based on a vision of standards-based reform. These standards clarify the pathway for adults to achieve the four...  
Effect Size   Researchers have developed a metric called effect size for comparing results across studies that allows one to calculate the magnitude of a relationship...  
Equipped for the Future (EFF)  Equipped for the Future (EFF) began as the National Institute for Literacy's standards based system reform initiative aimed at improving the quality and...  
ESL Needs Assessment   A needs assessment identifies the learner’s background, interests, goals, and immediate needs....  
ESL Skills Assessment   A skills assessment shows the learner’s current English-language listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities....  
ESL-Citizenship (ESL-Cit)  ESL-Citizenship is one component of a federally funded EL Civics program. ESL-Cit connects language and literacy to the lives of learners, prepares them...  
Floor   The opposite of ceiling, it is the lowest limit of performance that can be measured effectively by a test. Individuals are said to have reached the floor...  
Frequency Distribution   The frequency distribution is an ordered tabulation of individual scores (or groups of scores) showing the number of persons who obtained each score or...  
General Educational Development Tests (GED)  A test that may be taken by students 18 years old and older for the purpose of receiving a High School Equivalency Certificate. The examination tests...  
Grade Equivalent Score (GE)  A test score that is used to convert raw scores on a test (the number of correct answers, for example) into something more meaningful. It represents the...  
Guessing Parameter   The guessing parameter is the probability that a student with very low ability on the trait being measured will answer the item correctly. There is always...  
High School Equivalency Certificate   A high school equivalency certificate is a formal document certifying that an individual met the state requirements for high school graduation equivalency...  
High School Exit Exam (HSEE)  Many states require students to pass an exit exam to graduate from high school. Examples include the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP), California...  
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