ERIC Number: ED120213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Operating an Objective-Referenced Testing Program: Florida's Approach to Large-Scale Assessment.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. Cooperative Accountability Project.
The pros and cons of using behavioral objectives, the merits of norm-referenced versus objective-referenced tests, and the virtues of sampling versus census testing are familiar topics in evaluation literature. Far less common is practical information on how to implement objective-referenced testing, particularly the large-scale testing required for statewide testing programs. This monograph aims to partially fill the noticable gap and begin to provide practical guidance in the area of objective-referenced testing. The chapters do not cover all aspects of testing since much information is available on standardized testing. Moreover, whether a large-scale testing program uses an objective- or a norm-referenced test, testing procedures automatically become standardized due to the need for uniformity if comparable data is to be obtained. The major topics included here are accountability and product objectives, contracting, training, administration problems, and analysis of results. The text describes procedures used in Florida and, to the degree possible, the constraints and modifications of these procedures. No effort has been made to translate Florida's activities into a set of prescribed procedures, although practical suggestions are offered throughout. The monograph focuses in depth on various aspects of the Florida Statewide Assessment Program. The 1974-75 Request for Proposals (RFP) in Appendix B describes in detail the entire 1974-75 testing program, while a history provides a frame of reference for Florida's educational system and the constraints within which the program operates. (Author)
Descriptors: Accountability, Contracts, Criterion Referenced Tests, Data Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, State Programs, Testing, Testing Programs, Training
SEAR, Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, 126 Langdon St., Madison, Wisconsin 53702 (Report No. 28, Free)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of State Agency Cooperation.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. Cooperative Accountability Project.