ERIC Number: ED079976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
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Computer Based Test Development Center. Evaluation Report.
Lange, Robert; And Others
A project constructed a Computer-based Test Development Center (COMBAT). It involved the development of instructional objectives and test items and their storage in a computer system from which they could be available to teachers. Project record data, questionnaires, and interviews were used to determine if the objectives were achieved, what the strengths and weaknesses of the system were, and how efficiently the project was run. Evaluation yielded the following results. 1) A pool of 32,000 items was developed, but greater depth and breadth were required. 2) Retrieval costs were too high. 3) The user communication system was effective. 4) In-service training and information dissemination were inadequate. 5) No evidence was obtained which showed a direct effect upon improving instruction. 6) Teachers needed to realize that COMBAT was only emergent, not completed. 7) The management of the project was good. In summary, the project was moderately successful. It showed a computer-based test development center could be built, but not that it effectively improved instruction. Costs must be lowered, the item pool expanded, and teachers better informed about the system. (LB)
Descriptors: Administration, Computer Storage Devices, Costs, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Information Dissemination, Information Retrieval, Information Storage, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Interviews, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Resource Centers, Secondary Education, Test Construction
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Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Multnomah County Intermediate Education District, Portland, OR.; Oregon State System of Higher Education, Monmouth. Teaching Research Div.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III