ERIC Number: ED194717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Integrating Competency Testing with Vocational-Technical Programs of Instruction and Training. Final Report, July 1, 1978 to June 30, 1979.
Tully, G. Emerson
A study sought to determine the feasibility of the COMP/ACT objective test, a competency battery, as a measure of ability to function effectively in adult roles. (Using stimulus materials from many different courses, such as broadcasts and television documentaries, the test measures six skill areas, including communicating, problem solving, and value clarification.) The test was implemented in selected vocational programs in Florida over the 1978-79 school year. The results of the field-testing indicated the test was not sexually biased in the sample, but there was a marked variance between the scores of black and white students, which would require further research to explain and verify. The reading level of the students tested appeared to be a major factor in their ability to perform well. This factor limits the feasibility of the COMP test for programs where the reading level is low. It was recommended that test scores be correlated with employer evaluations to determine the extent that they reflect effective functioning in adult roles. Additionally, the test should be produced in a form specially designed for vocational students. (Appendixes, amounting to approximately two-thirds of the report, include correspondence and a paper on instructor role in scoring competency tests.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: University of West Florida, Pensacola.
Identifiers: Competency Tests; Florida
Note: Pages with small or light print will not reproduce well. Appendix VI was removed due to copyright restrictions.