ERIC Number: ED247257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Sizing Up Candidates for a New Achievement Test.
Ligon, Glynn; Wilkinson, David
Inspired by four recent decisions to change achievement tests used in the Austin Independent School District, the separate forms used and procedures followed have been combined into a systematic approach intended for use in future achievement test selections. A rating scale (Attachment 1) was developed to expedite a systematic comparison among possible achievement tests, and to allow a weighting of the factors to be rated according to the school system's needs. Five groups of experts (parents, teachers and principals, testing staff, central administration, and the board of trustees) have varying responsibility for rating the five factors critical to making the best choice: technical soundness; logical feasibility; instructional validity; financial affordability; and interpretational ease. The Fatal Flaw Principle (occurring when an essential factor is rated unacceptable) can eliminate a test outright, and the Shoo-In Principle (occurring when a clearly superior rating is given on a critical factor) will select a single test outright. An outline of eight procedural steps for the selection process and the contexts in which they are appropriate is attached. (BS)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Public Schools, Rating Scales, Test Interpretation, Test Reliability, Test Selection, Test Validity
Office of Research and Evaluation, AISD, 6100 Guadalupe, Box 79, Austin, TX 78752.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Austin Independent School District TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).