ERIC Number: ED367721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Listening to Test-Takers: The Use of Supplemental Comments in Assessments.
Donlon, Thomas F.
Supplemental or peripheral responses by test takers are seldom used by examiners, but in this study a program introduced by Thomas Edison State College (New Jersey) to allow the examined student to provide feedback to the testers and graders was studied. Student comment forms were designed to enable the student to identify problems with the test material or to explain or justify an answer. Results from seven classes indicate that from 11% to 39% of students actually write comments, and that student comments have been widely scattered across the potential domain. The introduction of the comment sheet has therefore not produced a burdensome number of student remarks. Many comments have little value to instructors and simply reflect personal misperceptions. Although the bulk of the comments do not offer major insights, the introduction of the comment sheet has been beneficial to the college's program. Students and testing staff are given greater protection against test-content errors and students near the critical standard have additional opportunity to defend their work and demonstrate competence. Appendix A gives comment-sheet samples, and Appendix B contains a student questionnaire. (Contains 7 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reform Efforts; Thomas A Edison State College NJ
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).