ERIC Number: ED175892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
How To Measure Achievement. Program Evaluation Kit, 6.
Morris, Lynn Lyons; Fitz-Gibbon, Carol Taylor
The objectives of this booklet are to provide suggestions, procedures, and rules of thumb to aid the evaluator in using achievement tests in program evaluation. It also discusses some of the theories underlying the procedures for developing and selecting achievement tests and interpreting their results. Each of the six chapters offers advice on one area of achievement testing. Chapter 1 deals with deciding what to measure and how much time and effort to invest in testing activities. Chapter 2 describes the types of achievement test data available, and their possible uses. Chapter 3 presents a Table for Program-Test Comparison, and gives a step-by-step procedure to calculate indices of test appropriateness to the program being evaluated. Chapter 4 is a guide to resources which aid in custom designing tests, and contains an annotated list of test item and objectives banks and a list of testing services, which design and score tests. Chapter 5 discusses test reliability and test validity. Chapter 6 deals with test interpretation and score reporting. A summary of common item construction errors is appended. (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Cognitive Objectives, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Testing, Evaluation Methods, Guides, Norm Referenced Tests, Program Evaluation, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Test Reliability, Test Results, Test Selection, Test Validity
Sage Publications, Inc., 275 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212 ($7.50 each; complete set, $49.95, plus $1.50 postage and handling)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.
Note: For related documents, see TM 008 703-710