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ERIC Number: ED334265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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A Psychometric Perspective on Authentic Measurement.
Hambleton, Ronald K.; Murphy, Edward
Authentic measurement has become an important topic recently in educational testing. Advocates of authentic measurement feel that objective tests, multiple-choice tests in particular, cannot meet the demands required of today's tests and should be replaced by tests that can be closely matched to instruction and can assess higher-order cognitive skills. This paper addresses the validity of several criticisms of objective tests and, where appropriate, considers the viability of some alternatives. The four criticisms of objective tests that are considered contain arguments that such tests foster a one-right answer mentality, narrow the curriculum, focus on discrete skills, and under-represent the performance of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. It is contended that the evidence against multiple-choice tests is not nearly as strong as has been claimed. It is not clear whether authentic measurements are always better. Substantially more research into the strengths and weaknesses of various item formats for meeting particular measurement needs should be conducted. A 49-item list of references is included. (Author/TJH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Higher Order Learning