ERIC Number: ED243922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Printer: The Saga of Developing a Customized Test.
Frechtling, Joy A.; Schenet, Margot A.
A description of the difficulties encountered in constructing a criterion-referenced test to assess end-of-year skills as part of a program evaluation is presented. The problems encountered in preparing the customized test are described in humorous detail. The first problem involved the listening test obtained from a publisher without administration instruction. The test booklets were not prepared as ordered, and item formats had to be changed. Items were incorrectly scored when returned to the publisher, which complicated an item analysis. The norm data reports issued by the publisher were also inaccurate. The final revised instrument provided useful information about the listening comprehension skills of students who were nonreaders. Despite the difficulties encountered, useful data were elicited from the test. (DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Montgomery County Public Schools MD; Test Publishers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).