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- Simpson's Paradox Favors Idaho: NAEP 2003 to 2013
- Supervision and Control of Idaho Public Schools: Constitution, Rules Governing Thoroughness, and Statutes
School Improvement Surveys . . . .
The K-12 survey instruments for students, staff and parent offered here were developed, adapted, and/or revised by Oregon classroom teachers in the Albany and Ontario school districts from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. They are not intended for commercial use. They are made available here for free use by educators who want to assemble "quick and dirty" data to support their school improvement decisions and program evaluations. No scoring service is currently available, but model printouts are provided to guide self-scoring.
Click "Surveys" on the navagaton bar for more information about the K-12 school improvement surveys: Opinion Survey for Students (OSS, Grades 6-12); Opinion Survey for Parents (OSP, Grades 6-12); Instructional Quality Survey (IQS, All Staff, K-12); Student Opinion Questionnaire (SOQ, Grades 1-9); and Parent Opinion Questionnaires (POQ, Grades 1-9).
School Reform in Idaho . . . .
Problems with Albertson's "Don't Fail Idaho" Media Campaign:
- Using Letter Grades (i.e., A, B, C, etc.) to Understand NAEP's Achievement Levels (Idaho Education News)
- A Close Look at Don't Fail Idaho's Student Achievement Message. PowerPoint (1,170kb) or PDF (440kb)
- Don't Fail Idaho Misreports Student Achievement (PDF 260kb)
Other notes about school reform in Idaho:
- Supervision and Control of Idaho's Public Schools
- p1304071 Idaho Education Field Guide confuses the issue by using NAEP Proficient
- p1304051 Histograms and percentile ranks for Idaho's White students vs. national peers
p1304181 No difference in NAEP Proficient for Idaho charter vs. neighborhood schools
Note: This website will use "neighborhood school" rather than "not-charter school" or "not-a-charter school" or "regular school" or "traditional school" when conducting and reporting comparative data analyses.
NAEP . . . .
Widespread misuse of NAEP results promotes wariness of American public schools!
Much dissatisfaction with student achievement in public schools springs from the improper use of results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to compare states or to "confirm" state testing results. The two most frequent abuses are (1) using NAEP scores based on student samples to rank order the fifty states and (2) comparing NAEP's 1990 stipulated definition of above-grade-level proficient with the state's 2001 "NCLB required" definition of at-grade-level proficient. To better understand these unnecessary and unfortunate errors, browse through two short, peer-reviewed papers available from the online journal Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation.
Click "NAEP" on the navagation bar for more information about the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), how NAEP scores should be interpreted, and reports presenting Idaho's NAEP results.
Home Page Data Displays . . . .
Idaho vs. Nation on Inflation Adjusted K-12 Per Pupil Expenditures: 2000-2011
Looking at 2011 constant dollars (i.e., inflation-adjusted dollars):
♦ The recession that hit Idaho and the nation in 2008, hit the Idaho K-12 public education community in 2002.
♦ Nationwide schools spent $10,658 per K-12 pupil in 2011, which was $97 less than in 2008, but $1,070 more than in 2002.
♦ Idaho schools spent $6,821 per K-12 pupil in 2011, which was $438 less than in 2008, and $637 less than in 2002.