ERIC Number: ED171728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Practitioner's Guide to Out-of-Level Testing.
Haenn, Joseph F.; Proctor, Diane C.
Out of level testing is defined and reasons for administering out of level tests, especially in compensatory education programs are explained: (1) to achieve optimum test reliability; (2) to test student achievement--provided out of level test scores are interpreted in terms of the appropriate in-level population; (3) to avoid carelessness and inattentiveness or frustration and guessing caused by students' taking tests at an inappropriate level; and (4) to avoid large numbers of students scoring at chance level. Two procedures which allow out of level tests to be converted to in-level scores are described using publisher produced raw score-to-percentile conversion tables, or standard score-to-percentile conversion tables. Chance level scores, names of expanded standard score scales, and worksheets to convert out of level scores are appended. (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Achievement Tests, Compensatory Education, Educational Testing, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Equated Scores, Grade Equivalent Scores, Guides, Instructional Program Divisions, Low Achievement, Student Characteristics, Test Interpretation, Test Selection, Testing Problems
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Testing Service, Inc., Durham, NC.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; Out of Level Testing; Title I Evaluation and Reporting System
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978); Pages A3-A10 may not produce legibly due to small print size of original document