ERIC Number: ED220507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Out-of-Level Versus In-Level Testing: When Should We Recommend Each?
Arter, Judith A.
Specific recommendations are made concerning the circumstances under which the benefits of out-of-level testing outweigh the problems associated with it. Topics explored are: various methods for deciding when a set of test scores is invalid and the utility of these methods for local evaluators, the accuracy of vertical scaling, and the usefulness of "chance level" scores as a criterion for out-of-level testing. The decision to test out-of-level is found to depend on the technical characteristics of the test that will be used, how a district will decide when out-of-level testing is required, the use to which the test scores will be put, and the practical requirements of testing in the district. A decision diagram for deciding when to test out-of-level is presented. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Out Of Level Testing; Vertical Equating
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).