ERIC Number: ED228306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Techniques for Detecting Student Errors: An Investigation with a Reading Test.
Harnisch, Delwyn L.; Torres, Rosalie T.
An index identifying factors leading to unusual response patterns by students, the modified caution index, was computed for the reading comprehension and study skills items of Booklet 5 from the 1979 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading achievement survey given to the 9-, 13- and 17-year-old samples. The analyses focused on reporting student and school variables associated with unusual response patterns (high modified caution indices). The findings were compared to the results of a similar study which examined 13-year-olds' performance on the 1978 NAEP mathematics survey. Taken together, these studies provide a description of the relationship between the characteristics of students and their response patterns to a selection of items used to survey mathematics and reading performance levels in the United States. This description helps to illustrate how response pattern analyses conducted within local school settings can be used to identify individual students inadequately prepared for test material, as well as groups of students (classrooms) for whom content coverage was not consistent with specified instructional objectives. (PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Modified Caution Index; National Assessment of Educational Progress; Response Patterns
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983).