ERIC Number: ED336407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Empirical Appraisal of Items for Innovative Teacher Tests.
Sinclair, Norma; Pecheone, Raymond L.
The impact of test item multidimensionality was examined as it affected fitting items on a teacher licensure test to an item response theory (IRT) model. Test item data from the 1990 study of G. W. Guiton and G. Delandshere are used. The Connecticut Elementary Certification Test (CONNECT) is a licensure examination designed to assess the subject matter knowledge of a beginning elementary teacher in the state. Nine content areas and pedagogy are covered. Items selected for analysis were taken from two test forms of the CONNECT administered prior to the date when it became a requirement for certification. In all, 826 responses were received from 681 candidates (some took both test forms). Classical item statistics indicated that test items were relatively heterogeneous, with the highest frequency of point biserials in the 0.10 to 0.30 range. These statistics confirm the previous (1990) finding of more than one underlying construct. However, successful attempts to fit the data to one-parameter and two-parameter models support the contention that a dominant underlying factor is sufficient to meet the assumption of unidimensionality required for item response analyses. An appendix summarizes the relationship between content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge for teachers. Three tables present study data. (SLD)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Item Response Theory, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Mathematical Models, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, State Programs, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Test Construction, Test Items, Testing Programs
Norma Sinclair, Bureau of Research and Teacher Assessment, Connecticut State Department of Education, P.O. Box 2219, Hartford, CT 06145.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Connecticut Elementary Certification Test; One Parameter Model; Two Parameter Model; Unidimensionality (Tests)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Chicago, IL, April 4-6, 1991).