ERIC Number: ED206711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Development and Analysis of a Test on "Responsibility" for Middle School Students.
Singh, Balwant; Gearhart, E. B.
This fifty item multiple choice test was developed by Portland Public Schools, Maine, to assess middle school students' understanding of the concepts presented in the "Responsibility" unit of the "Law in a Free Society" materials published by the California Bar Association. These materials deal with eight concepts for citizenship training in grades K-12. The test is divided into two parts: items in the first section present hypothetical situations; the second set of items require the student to select the correct matching type for statements or terms. Directions for the test administrator before, during and after the test are provided. The test was administered as a pretest and posttest to more than 600 grade 7 students. Item analysis of these tests indicate that the test was difficult for these students. On pretests the mean score was 16.84 and 13.24 on posttests, and test reliability was .77 on pretests and .79 on posttests. The choices for all the items were selected by students. Several items have negative discrimination indices and several others, though positive, are close to zero. It is recommended that such items be revised before inclusion in subsequent test versions. Test objectives, a table of specifications and pretest and posttest results are appended. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Law in Free Society Project
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