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ERIC Number: ED187725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
In-Level versus Out-of-Level Testing of Sixth Grade Special Education Students.
Cleland, Winston E.; Idstein, Peter M.
When 74 sixth-grade special education students were tested on the fifth-and fourth-grade levels of the 1977 California Achievement Test, their scores dropped significantly, although converted to in-level norms. Test validity, measured by the number of students scoring at floor level, on the in-level versus below-level norms, was subtest dependent. There were no differences in the mathematics comprehension subtest, but significantly more students scored above floor level on the below-level reading vocabulary and reading comprehension subtests. A locator test, designed to aid teachers in selecting the proper test level, substantially underpredicted the percentage of students scoring above chance and floor levels. Results imply that out-of-level testing be approached with extreme caution. (CP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California Achievement Tests; New Castle County School District DE; Out of Level Testing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Boston, MA, April 8-10, 1980).