ERIC Number: ED081847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
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Performance of SSMCIS-Trained Students on College Board Mathematics Examinations. Test Development Report.
Williams, S. Irene; Jones, Chancey O.
In an attempt to determine whether either the CEEB Mathematics Level II Examination or the mathematics portion of the PSAT is biased against students enrolled in a new mathematics curriculum (the Secondary School Mathematics Curriculum Improvement Study), three studies were conducted with the following results: (1) the Level II test was as easy for 11th-grade SSMCIS students as it was for high school seniors enrolled in college preparatory mathematics courses or for college freshmen enrolled in beginning calculus courses; (2) in both studies of the PSAT, the SSMCIS students performed considerably better than the regular PSAT group did on both the verbal and mathematical sections of the PSAT; and (3) even when SSMCIS students were matched with students of the same sex who were from a select group of high schools and who had the same PSAT verbal scores, the performance of the SSMCIS group in mathematics was superior to that of the matched group. The difference in mean scores relative to the standard deviations of the two groups was highly significant. Questions in geometry appeared to function somewhat differently from the nongeometry questions, but there were fewer geometry questions in the test and the SSMCIS students appeared to have such an advantage on the nongeometry questions that there was no evidence to indicate bias in the test as a whole. (Author/KM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, College Entrance Examinations, Mathematics Curriculum, Program Effectiveness, Research Reports, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Test Bias
Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
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Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.