ERIC Number: ED164566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Final Report on the Development of Essential Competencies and Matching Evaluation Instruments for Evaluating the Performance of First-Year Typewriting Students in the High Schools of Pennsylvania.
Robert Morris Coll., Coraopolis, PA. Businesss Teacher Education Dept.
Course objectives used in Pennsylvania high school typewriting classes were used as a basis for constructing a test of typing competencies. The skills tested involved the typing of business letters, carbon memoranda manuscripts, column tables, and invoices; timed writing; English usage; and proofreading. The tests were administered to first-year typewriting students in 40 Pennsylvania high schools. Results indicated that the majority of the students met or exceeded the standards set for typing business letters. More than half of the testees, however, did not meet the minimum standards of performance set for the other competencies. Performance was lowest on the typing of invoices; there was some doubt expressed as to the advisability of teaching this skill in a first-year course. Analysis indicated that had the students' accuracy paralleled their typing speed, competent performance might have increased from five to thirty-eight percent on various skills. The tests also indicated that 62% did not meet the accepted standard for proofreading skills; increased practice was recommended for typing classes. The test problems and materials associated with test development are appended. (GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Robert Morris Coll., Coraopolis, PA. Businesss Teacher Education Dept.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania; Test Manuals
Note: Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original