ERIC Number: ED055067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Was New Century Teaching Students the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests?
Wardrop, James L.
"Teaching the test" has been defined in terms of teaching those particular content knowledges or skills needed to answer the test items correctly. Evidence of several sorts examined in this paper clearly indicates that New Century was teaching students in Providence, R.I., the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test, which was used to assess their vocabulary achievement. The coincidence between vocabulary taught in the instructional package and the vocabulary required to respond correctly to test items on the Gates-MacGinitie was determined to be much greater than could be attributed to chance, and the data showed that the teaching program needed be only moderately effective to improve substantially student gains in grade-equivalent scores in the test. On the basis of the analyses summarized in the paper, if the instructional materials are only 30 percent effective, scores should average nearly twice those which would normally be found. (MBM)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation.