ERIC Number: ED251470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Issues in Developing a Local Minimum Competency Test: Our BEST Effort.
Matter, M. Kevin; Ligon, Glynn
This paper describes the development of the Basic Educational Skills Test (BEST) in the Austin Independent School District. In 1982 future options for the AISD minimum competency program, which requires all students to meet minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics before graduation, were evaluated against legal and local criteria. It was decided to develop an item bank that would allow the generation of multiple, parallel forms of a competency test to be administered: to students in tutorial courses; to senior transfers; and in special testing sessions to students meeting the course requirements, but not yet meeting the minimum competency requirement, for graduation. Important issues during the BEST development process fell into six general categories: (1) identification of objectives; (2) item acquisition; (3) item calibration; (4) test formatting; (5) test production; and (6) item and test booklet security. (BS)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Board of Education Policy, Graduation Requirements, High Schools, Item Analysis, Item Banks, Mathematics Skills, Minimum Competency Testing, Reading Skills, Remedial Instruction, Test Construction, Testing Programs
Office of Research and Evaluation, AISD, 6100 Guadalupe, Box 79, Austin, TX, 78752.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Austin Independent School District TX; Basic Educational Skills Test; Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; Test Security
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).