ERIC Number: ED051295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Measurement in Education: Helping Teachers Use Tests.
Thorndike, Robert L.
A significant role of the testing specialist can be to assist teachers in becoming better testmakers and users. The first step in improving teachers' assessment instruments and techniques is to try to get them to become articulate about their objectives and to state them in concrete behavioral terms. Then the teacher needs to examine his own test exercises to see if they encompass a realistic range of transfer of learning and reflect the educational goals of the course or program. The specialist must help the teacher find a middle ground where this transferability is tested at several points over a range of generalization and application within the broadly defined boundaries of the subject area. Finally, the specialist can give suggestions on item writing and editing. In the area of test use, the problem is to bring both the skeptics and the unqualified acceptors into a unity of tempered and qualified acceptance. Perhaps the most important service that could be performed is to get every test user to take a good hard look at the test, the test manual, and the test norms. The specialist should try to develop in teachers an attitude of watchful skepticism toward all assessments of pupils from whatever source. (DG)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Examiners, Learning Processes, Measurement, Measurement Techniques, Standardized Tests, Teacher Education, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Tests, Transfer of Training
National Council on Measurement in Education, Office of Evaluation Services, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48823 (50 cents per single copy, 25 cents for 25 or more)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: National Council on Measurement in Education, East Lansing, MI.
Note: Special Report, v1 n1 1969