This special issue is a case study of a recent legal challenge to a graduation test, GI Forum v. Texas Education Agency. Its purpose is to provide updated, relevant information to the many statewide and district testing programs, measurement professionals, and policymakers currently involved with the implementation of new educational standards and tests. The GI Forum Court's decision provides a road map for creating legally defensible graduation tests, and by analogy, may also provide useful guidance for other high stakes uses of standardized achievement tests. The GI Forum case is an extension of the landmark Debra P. v. Turlington case.
Volume 13, Number 4, 2000
Contents: K.L.Cruse, J.S. Twing, The History of Statewide Achievement Testing in Texas. A. Smisko, J.S. Twing, P. Denny, The Texas Model for Content and Curricular Validity. S.E. Phillips, GI Forum v. TEA: Psychometric Evidence. W.A. Mehrens, Defending a State Graduation Test: GI Forum v. TEA. R.P. Porter, Accountability Is Overdue: Testing the Academic Achievement of Limited-English Proficient (LEP) Students. W.D. Schafer, GI Forum v. TEA: Observations for States. C.A. Ward, GI Forum v. TEA: Implications for State Assessment Programs.