ERIC Number: ED036185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Sep-12
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Measurement of Instructional Outcome vs. Measurement for Instruction: A View of IPI Testing Procedures.
Nitko, Anthony J.
In reviewing the Individually Prescribed Instruction (IPI) testing procedures, the author notes that the assessment of student achievement and the planning of individualized instructional sequences involve valid and reliable measurement of many of the relevant characteristics of the learner. He criticizes the placement testing procedure as inadequate, as it does not allow for the employment of a general psychometric model. The unit pretests, which function as diagnostic tests, provide only an outline of the current state of the student's knowledge in a subject, but do not include sufficient assessment of that individual's learning history to make an adequate prescription. The curriculum-embedded tests seem to function adequately. The unit posttests provide information about a student's mastery of individual items, but not about his ability to combine these skills to a more general application. Improvement of the testing system demands careful examination of goals at all levels of analysis and, in particular, demands that all elements under examination be related to the ultimate purposes of the system. (JY)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.