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Document Number: 11061

Testing the Importance of Individual Growth Curves in Predicting Performance on a High-Stakes Reading Comprehension Test in Florida - To understand why individual students differ on an outcome based on performance on an assessment, this study examined the relations among descriptive measures of growth (simple difference and average difference) and inferential measures. All four growth estimates significantly contributed to the prediction of performance when controlling for several factors, but only the simple difference score was a good predictor when controlling for interim (winter) status. National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, REL Southeast, January 2014)...

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