ERIC Number: ED029699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr-21
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Matched-Pair Scoring Technique Used on a First-Grade Yes-No Type Economics Achievement Test.
Larkins, A. Guy; Shaver, James P.
There exist special problems in testing first-grade children. Orally administered yes-no tests reduce the problems found in the other types, but they have their own drawbacks. A solution to some of these drawbacks is the use of the matched-pair scoring technique. For each "yes" item on the test there is included a "reversed" or "no" item on the same concept being tested, and vice versa. The pupil must respond correctly to both in order to be given credit for either one. However, the drawback then becomes the necessity of doubling the size of the test. A 30-item test, based on "families at work" economics, was administered to six first grade classes; three had bee n studying the material, and three had not. The test results showed that (1) the matched-pair scoring technique increased the reliability of the yes-no test and also increased and general discriminatory power of the test and (2) the students who were studying the economics material scored higher than students who were not, indicating that the program was resulting in demonstrable learning. Another article by the same authors (see PS 001 822) also deals with this subject. (WD)
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Identifiers: Matched Pair Scoring
Note: Paper presented to the Education Section of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, Logan, Utah, April 21, 1967