ERIC Number: ED181061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-3
Reference Count: 0
The Assessment of Basic Competencies: A New Test Battery.
Sympson, James B.
Development of The Assessment of Basic Competencies (ABC), a test battery based on the three-parameter logistic model, is described. Eleven dimensions of intellectual growth are measured, from the pre-kindergarten level through ninth grade. An educationally relevant skill domain is represented by each test. Unique properties of the test, based on item characteristic curve theory, are reviewed and two procedures utilized in developing the battery are described. The methods used to place each test's items on a common metric and to generate scoring tables for each test are described. Overlapping subtests or overlapping groups of testees are not required, and hand-calculated test scores can be converted into a maximum likelihood point estimate and a distribution-free interval estimate of the testee's ability. (Author/MH)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Tests, Elementary Education, Equated Scores, Intellectual Development, Item Analysis, Language Skills, Latent Trait Theory, Logical Thinking, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Models, Norms, Preschool Education, Probability, Research Reports, Sampling, Scoring, Scoring Formulas, Simulation, Student Characteristics, Test Construction, Test Results
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Assessment of Basic Competencies; Interval Scaling; Three Parameter Model
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979)