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2007 HSA Technical Report

Technical Documentation for the
Maryland High School Assessment Program

Algebra/Data Analysis, Biology, English, and Government End-of-Course Assessments



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Section 1 Test Construction and Administration

Test Development
Table 1.1 Numbers of Operational Items and Points by Item Type for Each MDHSA Content Area

  Test Specifications
Table 1.2 Algebra Blueprint
Table 1.3 Biology Blueprint
Table 1.4 English Blueprint
Table 1.5 Government Blueprint

Item Selection and Form Design
Table 1.6 Form Construction Specifications for the January 2007 Administration
Table 1.7 Form Construction Specifications for the May 2007 Administration
Table 1.8 Form Construction Specifications for the Summer 2007 Administration

Section 2 Validity

Section 3 Scoring Procedures and Score Types

Scale Scores

Conditional Standard Errors of Measurement

Lowest and Highest Obtainable Test Scores

Cut-Scores
Table 3.1 MDHSA 2007 Cut-Scores by Content Area

Year-to-Year Scale Maintenance

Special Analyses Carried Out to Support the January Biology Scoring
Table 3.2 Summary Results of Form C Special Scoring Options


Section 4 Test-Level Analyses

Demographic Distributions
Table 4.1 Demographic Information for Algebra
Table 4.2 Demographic Information for Biology
Table 4.3 Demographic Information for English
Table 4.4 Demographic Information for Government

Reliability

Summary Statistics
Table 4.5 Mean Scale Scores by Administration
Table 4.6 Comparison of Mean Scores
Table 4.7 Comparison of Percentage Passing Rates
Table 4.8 Performance Classification Percentages in 2007 for Algebra and English
Table 4.9 Summary Statistics for Algebra: January Forms
Table 4.10 Summary Statistics for Algebra: May Forms
Table 4.11 Summary Statistics for Algebra: Summer Forms
Table 4.12 Summary Statistics for Biology: January Forms
Table 4.13 Summary Statistics for Biology: May Forms
Table 4.14 Summary Statistics for Biology: Summer Forms
Table 4.15 Summary Statistics for English: January Forms
Table 4.16 Summary Statistics for English: May Forms
Table 4.17 Summary Statistics for English: Summer Forms
Table 4.18 Summary Statistics for Government: January Forms
Table 4.19 Summary Statistics for Government: May Forms
Table 4.20 Summary Statistics for Government: Summer Forms

Decision Accuracy and Consistency
Table 4.21 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: Algebra January Forms
Table 4.22 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: Algebra May Forms
Table 4.23 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: Algebra Summer Forms
Table 4.24 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: Biology January Forms
Table 4.25 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: Biology May Forms
Table 4.26 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: Biology Summer Forms
Table 4.27 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: English January Forms
Table 4.28 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: English May Forms
Table 4.29 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: English Summer Forms
Table 4.30 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: Government January Forms
Table 4.31 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: Government May Forms
Table 4.32 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: Government Summer Forms

Section 5 Field Test Analyses

Classical Item Analyses

Differential Item Functioning

IRT Calibration and Scaling

Statistical Summary Tables
Table 5.1 Distribution of P-Values for the January Field Test SR Items
Table 5.2 Distribution of P-Values for the January Field Test CR Items
Table 5.3 Distribution of Item-Total Correlations for the January Field Test SR Items
Table 5.4 Distribution of Item-Total Correlations for January Field Test CR Items
Table 5.5 Distribution of P-Values for the May Field Test SR Items
Table 5.6 Distribution of P-Values for the May Field Test CR Items
Table 5.7 Distribution of Item-Total Correlations for the May Field Test SR Items
Table 5.8 Distribution of Item-Total Correlations for May Field Test CR Items
Table 5.9 Field Test Items Excluded from Calibration
Table 5.10 Field Test Items with Statistical Flags Retained in Calibration

Appendices
Appendix A Classical Item Statistics: Operational Forms
Appendix B Classical Item Statistics: Field Test Items

A complete copy of the 2007 HSA Technical Report is also available.

Contact Information
Leslie Wilson, Assistant State Superintendent
Division of Accountability and Assessment
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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