ERIC Number: ED382649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Automatic Scoring of Paper-and-Pencil Figural Responses. Research Report.
Martinez, Michael E.; And Others
Large-scale testing is dominated by the multiple-choice question format. Widespread use of the format is due, in part, to the ease with which multiple-choice items can be scored automatically. This paper examines automatic scoring procedures for an alternative item type: figural response. Figural response items call for the completion or modification of figural material, including illustrations, diagrams, and graphs. Twenty-five science items were written in cooperation with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and were printed with an ink that was invisible to scanning equipment. The items were answered with pencils; response sheets were scanned, and the resulting data were processed by computer-based scoring algorithms. The paper describes the technology that led to successful pilot scoring of 7 items for 10 subjects. Implications of this technology for the future of large-scale testing are discussed. Three tables and two figures illustrate the discussion. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Figural Response Items; Large Scale Programs; National Assessment of Educational Progress