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2005 MSA Mathematics Technical Report

Maryland School Assessment

Technical Report: 2005 Administration



Historical Overview
Development of Items and Tests to Meet the MSA Statewide
Academic Learning Standards
Test Design and Specifications
Processing and Scoring of Test Materials
Scoring Process Overview
Handscoring Process
Characteristics of the Test Population

Norm Referenced Test (NRT)

NRT Test Design
Distributions of NRT Scores

Criterion Referenced Test (CRT)

CRT Test Design
Classical Item Analysis
Rater Agreement
Differential Item Functioning (DIF)
Item Fit Assessment
Calibration and Equating
IRT Model
Calibration and Equating Procedure
Calibration and Equating Results
Distribution of the Maryland Score Scale
The Relationship Between NRT and CRT
The Score Distributions and Correlations of Content Standards
Factor Analysis of the MSA Assessments
Percent at or Above Cut (PAC)


A. Summary Item Statistics
B. Rater Agreement and CR Item Distributions
C. Differential Item Functioning (DIF)
D. Misfit Item Plots
E. IRT Item Parameters
F. Common Item and Anchor Item Check
G. Figures of Scale Score Distributions
H. Factor Analysis
I. Calibration and Equating Summary


A complete copy of the 2005 MSA Mathematics 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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