It Won’t Stop Until We Stop It

From the Federal Register:
Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-18 (MGLS: 2017) 2016 Item Validation Field Test (IVFT) Data Collection:

Abstract: The Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-2018 (MGLS:2017) is the first study sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), to follow a nationally-representative sample of students as they enter and move through the middle grades (grades 6-8). The data collected through repeated measures of key constructs will provide a rich descriptive picture of the academic experiences and development of students during these critical years and will allow researchers to examine associations between contextual factors and student outcomes. The study will focus on student achievement in mathematics and literacy along with measures of student socioemotional wellbeing and other outcomes.

The study will also include a special sample of students with different types of disabilities that will provide descriptive information on their outcomes, educational experiences, and special education services.

Baseline data for the MGLS:2017 will be collected from a nationally-representative sample of 6th grade students beginning in January 2018, with annual follow-ups planned for winters of the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, when most of the students in the sample will be in grades 7 and 8,respectively.

This request is to conduct the Item Validation Field Test (IVFT) data collection for the MGLS:2017 from January through June 2016. The primary purpose of the IVFT is to determine the psychometric properties of items and the predictive potential of assessment and survey items so that valid, reliable, and useful assessment and survey instruments can be composed for the main study.

The IVFT will inform the materials and procedures for the Operational Field Test that will begin in January 2017 and the subsequent national base year and follow-up data collections.

To continue collecting information about our children to determine and direct the future profits of “hedgehogs” is unconscionable.

Education tax dollars must be spent on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all of America’s children.

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