ERIC Number: ED337467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Differential Test and Item Performance of Talented Youth and High School Seniors on the ACT.
Doolittle, Allen E.; Welch, Catherine J.
The performance of 2,000 academically talented seventh-grade students on the American College Testing Program (ACT) Assessment was investigated in comparison with 2,000 college-bound 12th-grade examinees. Data from the February 1988 and February 1989 administrations of the ACT were used. Differential test performance and item performance were examined based on one form of the ACT, and the results were cross-validated on a different form. Although the 12th-graders outperformed the seventh-graders on all tests, the differences were greatest on the mathematics and social studies reading tests. In addition, systematic performance differences between the two groups of students were found at the item level. The nature and implications of these differences are discussed. Four tables present study data. Three figures illustrate six types of test items. A 7-item list of references is included. (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academically Gifted, College Bound Students, College Entrance Examinations, Comparative Testing, Grade 12, Grade 7, High School Seniors, High Schools, Item Bias, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Performance, Talent, Test Items, Test Results
ACT Research Report Series, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
Identifiers: American College Testing Program; Cross Validation