ERIC Number: ED073195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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Comparison of Selected Group Achievement Test Results for Period 1967 through 1972.
Dambacher, Arthur D.
The Berkeley Unified School District annually administers achievement tests covering the skills areas of reading, language, and arithmetic. All grades, one through twelve, are tested in reading. The Cooperative Primary Test is used in the first, second, and third grades since it is the State-mandated instrument. Grades four through twelve are also tested in language and arithmetic. The Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills are used in grades four through eleven and the Iowa Test of Educational Development is employed with twelfth graders to test all three skills areas. All scores reported herein were secured from the Spring testing, May 1972, except those for twelfth graders, which were taken from the State-mandated Fall testing conducted in October 1971. It should be pointed out that these tests are designed to measure the level of competency in the basic skills areas. Consequently some of the high-achieving students, especially in the upper grades, have a tendency to "top out" on the tests; i.e., to get near-perfect scores which demonstrates their mastery of the basic skills, but not necessarily their achievement level in the subject areas being tested. Consequently, these tests have the most value for demonstrating the basic skills achievement level of the average and low-achieving students whose scores generally are not affected by this "ceiling effect." (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Age Differences, Arithmetic, Basic Skills, Educational Diagnosis, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Language Skills, Longitudinal Studies, Reading Achievement, School Districts, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Students
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Authoring Institution: Berkeley Unified School District, CA. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: California; California (Berkeley)