ERIC Number: ED190650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Basic Skills: Grade 3. Rationale and Content.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Program Evaluation and Research.
This publication was developed as a useful tool for school personnel in interpreting California Assessment Program (CAP) test results. The skills measured by the Survey of Basic Skills: Grade 3 (an integral part of the CAP) are described. Rationale for test content specifications, methods of skill assessment, and activities conducted during the two-year test development process are discussed. Test development was based on two considerations: (1) the test would reflect the third grade curriculum of California public schools, and (2) the test would insure that assessment information would assist schools in identifying programmatic strengths and weaknesses. Reading, written language, and mathematics skills are described. The reading section contains questions from four skill areas: word identification, vocabulary, comprehension, and study locational skills. The language section contains questions from eight skill areas: word forms, standard English usage, language choices, sentence recognition, paragraphs, capitalization, puctuation, and spelling. The final section, mathematics, contains questions from seven skill areas: counting/place value, operations, nature of numbers, geometry, measurement, graphs, and problem analysis. Basic skill outcomes of good instructional programs are defined through illustrative test items and skill descriptions. (Author (GK)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 3, Multiple Choice Tests, Primary Education, Reading Skills, State Programs, Test Construction, Writing Skills
Publication Sales, California State Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95802 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Program Evaluation and Research.
Identifiers: California Assessment Program; Survey of Basic Skills (California)