ERIC Number: ED339709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Establishing the Content Validity of Tests Designed To Serve Multiple Purposes: Bridging Secondary-Postsecondary Mathematics.
Burstein, Leigh; And Others
A method is presented for determining the content validity of a series of secondary school mathematics tests. These tests are part of the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP), a collaborative effort by California university systems to develop placement examinations and a means to document student preparation in mathematics. Content validity was being established in a three-point process: (1) internal analysis of the MDTP tests; (2) comparison of their contents with four statements from national and state organizations of desired curriculum and preparation at the secondary school level; and (3) comparison with other secondary school mathematics tests, including results of the Second International Mathematics Study, an eighth-grade test prepared by R. D. Bock and R. J. Mislevy, and the California Assessment Program (CAP). In 1988-89, over 1,000 teachers and 300,000 students participated in the MDTP. Analysis of the content validity of the MDTP tests is reported briefly for each of the three areas. The focus is on the validation process. There are 79 references. Appendix A contains 13 tables of study data. Appendices B through E list the curriculum specifications of the organizations studied, and Appendix F contains the content specifications of the CAP. (SLD)
Descriptors: Aptitude Tests, Content Analysis, Content Validity, Higher Education, Mathematics Tests, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Test Content, Test Use
CSE Dissemination Office, UCLA Graduate School of Education, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1521.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers: California Assessment Program; Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project CA; Placement Tests; Second International Mathematics Study
Note: Prepared in collaboration with the University of Colorado, the NORC at the University of Chicago, and Arizona State University.