ERIC Number: ED246081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-23
Reference Count: 0
Checking for Curriculum/Test Overlap: Two Methods Discussed.
Hartzell, Marilyn Sue
The relevance of testing to curriculum is measured by the closeness of fit between test items and major program objectives. In this paper two procedures for analyzing the curriculum/test overlap are compared. The first method obtains a detailed analysis of a priority area of the curriculum. The process brings the curriculum into alignment with the test. It is a structured, sequential, rational, and objective method to be conducted by the classroom teacher. However, without structured available time and guidance from district administration, the analysis will probably not be accomplished. The process requires a long period of time to achieve a comprehensive appraisal of the match between the district assessment tool and curriculum. The second method involves an independent consultant who assesses the degree to which the district assessment tool measures objectives across content area and grades. The results are presented by subject area and grade level along with a statement of recommendations. This method results in a comprehensive assessment of the overlap between curriculum objectives and test items. The process is subjective and prone to inconsistencies. Achievement of changes in classroom practice by teachers is primarily dependent upon the district leadership's ability to see that innovations are implemented. (DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Test Curriculum Overlap
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).