ERIC Number: ED175879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
South Carolina Validation Study of Criterion-Referenced Tests in Reading and Mathematics. A Technical Publication of the Office of Research. Office of Research Report Series.
Scott, Corinne C.
The results are presented of the validation study of reading and mathematics criterion referenced tests, administered to South Carolina students in grades 3, 6, and 8. This testing was mandated by state law to field test a competency based assessment program. The study was based on three activities: (1) test selection; (2) content validation; and (3) analysis of test results. Published tests were examined, using a set of predetermined specifications to evaluate each one. Criterion referenced tests published by Science Research Associates (SRA) were selected. To determine content validity, all county, area, and district superintendents were asked to evaluate the tests to determine if: the test objectives were consistent with curriculum content, represented essential learning, and represented desirable learning. Both parallel forms and internal consistency reliability were measured. In analyzing the test results, it was found that student achievement in grade 3 was higher than in grade 6, which was higher than students' achievement in grade 8. (Tables and graphs constitute the major portion of the document. Checklists used to rate the tests and analyses of item difficulty are also appended.) (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 3, Grade 6, Grade 8, Item Analysis, Minimum Competency Testing, Reading Achievement, Research Reports, State Programs, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Test Reliability, Test Results, Test Reviews, Test Selection, Test Validity, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Research.
Identifiers: Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills; South Carolina; SRA Achievement Series
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