ERIC Number: ED039226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Computer-aided Construction of Categorized Spelling Tests.
Gibson, Susanne K.
To combat difficulties of dictated spelling tests, such as unreliable scoring due to illegible writing and the possibility of clues being provided through the enunciation of words by examiners, a technique was developed for writing experimental spelling tests by computer. Additionally, the diagnostic function of spelling scales was considered through the use of specific error categories in test construction. Five 50-item forms (each item containing from zero to four misspellings and representing a particular well-defined error category) were constructed and administered to 335 high school seniors, along with a standard battery of verbal tests. Although the machine-scorable tests raise their own difficulties--they may depend more on the student's proofreading ability than on his spelling proficiency and may, in the course of testing, teach the student misspelled words and so impair his spelling ability--the experimental tests were found to function as well as the standard spelling test. The 12 separate error categories did not function as independently as was hoped; the need for further experimentation with four "super" categories (addition, omission, inversion, and substitution) was indicated. (Twenty sample test items, tables of test results, and a list of references are included.) (Author/MF)
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Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Bureau of Testing.
Note: Bureau of Testing Project 107, Research Summary