Measuring schools' efforts to partner with parents of children served under IDEA: Scaling and standard setting for accountability reporting

Batya Elbaum, William P. Fisher, W. Alan Coulter

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Abstract

Indicator 8 of the State Performance Plan (SPP), developed under the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004, Public Law 108-446) requires states to collect data and report findings related to schools' facilitation of parent involvement. The Schools' Efforts to Partner with Parents Scale (SEPPS) was developed to provide states with a means to address this new reporting requirement. Items suggested by stakeholder groups were piloted with a nationally representative sample of 2,634 parents of students with disabilities ages 5-21 in six states. Rasch scaling was used to calibrate a meaningful and invariant item hierarchy. The 78 calibrated items had measurement reliabilities ranging from .94-.97. Using data from the pilot study, stakeholders established a recommended performance standard set at a meaningful point in the item hierarchy. Implications of the findings are discussed in relation to the need for rigorous metrics within state accountability systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-278
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Applied Measurement
Volume12
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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Measuring schools' efforts to partner with parents of children served under IDEA : Scaling and standard setting for accountability reporting. / Elbaum, Batya; Fisher, William P.; Coulter, W. Alan.

In: Journal of Applied Measurement, Vol. 12, No. 3, 01.12.2011, p. 261-278.

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