ERIC Number: ED111884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Selection of a Mathematics Test for a Citywide Testing Program.
Nesset, Bonna; Faunce, R. W.
Teacher dissatisfaction with the existing math testing program in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) led to the establishment of the Committee on Citywide Mathematics Testing. The committee was formed to identify tests to be used, grade levels to be tested, and testing schedules. The committee recommended that tests be given in the spring instead of the fall, as before, that tests be given in grades 3, 6, and 8, and that a pilot study be conducted by the Research and Evaluation Department to select one test for each grade from among those tests which had passed the initial screening. Five tests were under consideration at the third grade level (the SRA, the CAT, the Stanford, and the Metropolitan Form F and Primary II), four at the sixth grade level (the SRA, the CAT, the Stanford, and the Metropolitan Form F), and three tests at the eighth grade level (the SRA, the CAT, and the Stanford). The Stanford series was eliminated because testing materials could not be obtained in time for the pilot test. Each of the tests was given in three classrooms. Each teacher administering one of the tests responded to a questionnaire on the test used. Similar ratings were obtained on all the tests for: face validity, reading difficulty, cultural bias, pupil motivation, administration instructions, and interpretation instructions. Based on the limited evidence from this pilot tests, it was recommended that the SRA be selected. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Public Schools, Minn. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.