ERIC Number: ED068485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Standards in C.S.E. and G.C.E.: English and Mathematics. Working Paper No. 9.
Schools Council, London (England).
Attainment tests in English and mathematics were administered to a total sample of 2,011/15-year old students. The English test consisted of a composition and a test battery of objective items. Marking of the composition was made by the test designer on a rapid first-impression reading. The objective test battery consisted of a comprehension test, an interlinear test, a test of critical judgment, a paragraph organization test, and a vocabulary test. The test in mathematics was in general mathematics, with the questions being restricted to traditional mathematics. A try-out of the test was administered to 300 students, and results were subjected to item analysis. The reliability of the test was 0.94. An exploratory comparison of standards grade by grade is presented in the following forms: (1) comparison of mean scores, standard deviations, and test/grade correlations; (2) comparison based on percentile levels of subject test scores grade by grade in both the GCE and CSE samples; and (3) comparison of grades in the form of "ladders" showing both the GCE/CSE overlap and the comparable performance in all the other grades. The essentially tentative results show that English and mathematics tests provide a sharper measure of ability within their respective subjects than do the general ability tests. An appendix provides the method of analysis. (DB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Research, English, Evaluation Methods, Mathematics, Objective Tests, Secondary School Students, Standards, Statistical Analysis, Test Construction, Testing Programs, Writing Skills
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Authoring Institution: Schools Council, London (England).