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Reliability   Reliability is the consistency of test scores obtained by the same individuals on different occasions or with different sets of equivalent items; accuracy...  
Role Map   A Role Map is a publicly-agreed to, explicit, consensus depiction of the adult roles of worker, parent/family member, and citizen/community member. For...  
Rubric   A rubric is a scoring tool, or set of criteria, used to evaluate a student's test performance....  
Sample   The sample is the group of people you select to be in your study. The sample should be representative of a larger population to whom you want to generalize...  
Scale   A scale is an organized set of measurements, all of which measure one property or characteristic. Different types of test-score scales use different units,...  
Scale Scores   Scale scores are on a single scale with intervals of equal size. The scale can be applied to all groups taking a given test, regardless of group characteristics...  
Selected-Response Item   Selected-response items are questions or incomplete statements that are followed by answer choices, one of which is the correct or best answer. Also referred...  
Skill Standards   Skill standards are the standards that specify the level of knowledge and competence required to successfully perform work-related functions within a...  
Slosson Oral Reading Test (SORT)  The Slosson Oral Reading Test is designed to be a quick estimate of word recognition levels for children and adults. The test takes about 5 minutes to...  
Standard Deviation   The standard deviation is a statistic used to express the extent of the divergence of a set of scores from the average of all the scores in the group...  
Standard Error of Measurement   The atandard error of measurement is the amount of error to be expected in a score from a particular test. The smaller the standard error of measurement,...  
Standardization Sample   The standardization sample is that part of the population that is used in the norming of a test, i.e., the reference population. The sample should represent...  
Standardized Test   A standardized test is a test constructed of items that are appropriate in level of difficulty and discriminating power for the intended examinees, and...  
Stanine   A stanine is a unit of a standard score scale that divides the norm population into nine groups with the mean at stanine 5. The word stanine draws its...  
Statistical Significance   All studies using inferential statistics involve the application of statistical significance -- the probability that a result or outcome is larger or...  
STudent Achievement in Reading Project (STAR)  The U.S. Department of Education/OVAE embarked upon the STudent Achievement in Reading (Project STAR) to promote effective reading instruction at the...  
Student Outcome Data Sets (SODS)  Payment points earned by adult learners participating in California Department of Education-supported EL Civics (civic participation and citizenship...  
Summative Assessment   A culminating or end of year assessment, which gives information on student mastery of content or skills....  
Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL)  The Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) Center, is funded at the American Institutes for Reasearch (AIR)by the U.S. Department of Education’s...  
Teaching Improvement Process (TIP)  TIP is a classroom observation instrument that identifies six categories of teaching behaviors, with subpoints. Developed and first used in the 1980s...  
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