ERIC Number: ED111874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Resources for the Implementation of a Productivity Analysis in Education.
One of the most critical elements in the adaptation of productivity analysis to education is the adequacy of the instruments for measuring program output or achievement. Various aspects of standardized test construction make them less than desirable measures of productivity. The Test Development Notebook which the New York State Department of Education is currently developing may offer a needed alternative to standardized testing. The overall purpose of the notebook is to provide sufficient numbers of test items at various levels of difficulty so that reading development at a given level may be monitored periodically with the administration of a series of comparable test forms. The starting point for the notebook has been literal comprehension, and the work in process has two emphases: one is applying the cloze technique in testing literal comprehension; the other is systematizing the writing of multiple-choice items for literal comprehension by specifying the type of questions to be asked and establishing rules for writing them. Both approaches use readability formulas to identify the difficulty of the material. Both stress objectivity and the elimination of writer bias. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of School and Cultural Research.