ERIC Number: ED025404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
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The Construction and Evaluation of High School Biology Unit Tests.
Simon, Harry Arnold
A three subtest test was developed to measure the basic concepts of biology and give an evaluation of a class's ability to use problem-solving approaches to biological studies, based on concepts used in a general biology (Regents) course in New York State public schools. Validity was determined by searching the literature for basic concepts of biology and subject matter necessary to understand these concepts. After a panel of experts expressed opinions on the concepts submitted to them, test items were constructed to measure the subject matter considered necessary to understand these concepts. Test items were also validated by a panel of experts. The Simon Test was taken by 429 students from 24 public school biology classes in New York. Concurrent validity was established by comparing the Simon Test score with the grade given each student after each unit of work measured. After using various statistical formulae, the investigator determined that the Simon Test was reliable for individual diagnosis and the subtests were reliable for group counseling. A 30-item problem-solving subtest was developed from the items of the Simon Test. Further statistical treatment established the validity of this test. Recommendations for the use of these subtests are made in the study. (BC)
Descriptors: Biology, Doctoral Dissertations, Evaluation, Secondary School Science, Test Construction, Tests
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Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY.