ERIC Number: ED034710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Special Problems of Evaluation Activities in an Individualized Education Program.
Wright, Calvin E.
A project designed to determine the relevance of existing standardized achievement tests to the goals of individualized instruction is among the ongoing research activities of Project PLAN, a computer-supported individualized education program. Standardized achievement tests (including the Metropolitan Readiness Test, the Scholastic Aptitude Tests, and the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and of Educational Development) were administered in the fall of 1968 and the spring of 1969 to control group students and students enrolled in the PLAN program, in grades 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, and 10. Comparative analysis of the data has not been completed, but preliminary results indicate little or no significant difference between the two groups of students in terms of the limited number of instructional objectives these tests are designed to measure. The experiment supports the contention that standardized tests are inadequate for a comprehensive evaluation of a program of individualized instruction. Results also suggest the need for the development of a new series of achievement tests adapted to specified and expanded instructional objectives of both PLAN and control classes in order that the differences between the two can be more thoroughly analyzed and more effectively evaluated. (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Westinghouse Learning Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers: Project PLAN
Note: Paper presented to the American Psychological Association, September 1, 1969, Washington, D.C.