ERIC Number: ED189969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Implications of Truth-in-Testing Legislation on Student Selection. AIR Forum 1980 Paper.
Weber, Margaret B.
Some of the technical issues associated with legislation to regulate testing and one alternative to test scores in the admissions and student selection process are discussed. Technical issues that must be addressed in order to accommodate full and public disclosure include equating, test administration, scoring, and score reporting. The need to equate tests is a consequence of the need to have multiple versions of forms of the same test. Equating is the process that allows comparing scores from one form of a test to scores obtained from another form of the test. The following methods of test equating used in large-scale testing programs are described: spiraling, anchor-test equating, pre-section equating, and item-response theory equating. The problem faced by test developers of meeting disclosure requirements without making tests prohibitively expensive is considered. Test administration for the handicapped and adjustments required for special administration (e.g., for religious reasons) are noted. The meaning of rights scoring and formula scoring is explained, and the legislative requirement concerning reporting to examinees is viewed as an opportunity to educate the public about measurement. An alternative to test scores for student selection is a standardized structured screening procedure conducted by trained examiners. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1980; Truth in Testing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (20th, Atlanta, GA, April 27-May 1, 1980).