ERIC Number: ED107729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Dec-7
Reference Count: 0
The Importance of Assessment Instrument Development.
Collins, Tom R.
Instruments and questionnaires developed for gathering data on students and the schools they attend should be assessed. This was done for those instruments and questionnaires used in the reading assessment of the first year of the Minnesota Educational Assessment Program. General findings are: (1) Student socioeconomic status is strongly associated with reading performance; (2) Opinion ratings showed no relationship to performance; and (3) Questions probing the content of student attitudes toward school showed a significant relationship with student reading performance. It is pointed out that questions, regardless of whether they are addressed to students, teachers, or principals, should be as specific as possible so that complexities of attitudes, aspirations, or behavior may become apparent. It is concluded that greater attention to instrumentation can provide assessment results of greater utility. (Author/BJG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Durham, NC. Center for Educational Research and Evaluation.
Note: Paper presented at the Southeastern Invitational Conference on Measurement in Education (Knoxville, Tennessee, December 1974)