ERIC Number: ED397134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Item Signatures from California's Mathematics Framework: The First Step to Individual Result Reporting.
Leonard, John D.
In the context of the development of a possible national mathematics assessment, a study was conducted to determine whether a test item characterization scheme could be created based on a state policy document that serves as the driving force behind large-scale performance assessment. Further considerations were whether such an item characterization scheme could provide a means to differentiate tasks within an assessment and produce equivalent assessment forms at various grade levels and whether the item characterization scheme could provide information comparable to that from previous item characterization approaches. These questions were explored using the California Learning Assessment System (CLAS) testing program. The Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools (CMF), the state's policy document for mathematics assessment, was used to create item characterizations and item signatures for CLAS tests. The CMF characterizations were compared to three other item characterization methods. No one scheme had a clear advantage in itself, but it was advantageous to use the state's own policy document as the basis for item characterization, in terms of time saved and costs avoided. Appendix A explains the coding schemes, and Appendix B presents the specific example of grade-8 test coding. (Contains one figure, one table, eight appendix tables, and eight references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California Learning Assessment System; Item Characterization; Item Signatures
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).