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ERIC Number: ED370957
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Evaluation of a Visual Arts Achievement Test.
Bezruczko, Nikolaus
Internal structure and external validity of 39 multiple-choice visual arts achievement test items were examined. These items were developed to assess grade 3 visual arts achievement for a statewide model of a fine arts curriculum. Item responses were evaluated in terms of: (1) fit to the one-parameter Rasch measurement model; (2) item-total correlations and alpha reliability; (3) total score comparisons between art- and non-art-educated groups in kindergarten, grade 3, grade 7, and high school (over 900 students in all); and (4) comparison of art- and non-art-educated groups on six components of visual learning. Most items generally fit a unidimensional measurement model, with good alpha reliability, although six items showed marginal or poor fit. Art-educated students scored higher in each grade, and when items were grouped into the six components of visual arts achievement, art- and non-art-educated students differed significantly as expected, except for knowledge of tools, where no significant difference was noted. This method of assessment appears reliable and valid for children in grade 3 and may be useful for older children as well. An appendix contains a long table of curriculum objectives and interval structure. (Contains 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Board of Education, IL.
Identifiers: Chicago Public Schools IL; Rasch Model
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).