ERIC Number: ED141396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
The Quality of High School Reading and Vocabulary Tests: Implications for the Researcher.
Petrosko, Joseph M.
Three hundred-fifty-two standardized tests of reading comprehension and 373 standardized vocabulary measures were analyzed in terms of a number of criteria related to psychometric quality and educational ability. The criteria were based primarily on the Standards for Educational and Psychological Tests developed by the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education, and the MEAN test evaluation system developed by the Center for the Study of Evaluation. Fewer than l0 percent of the tests reported reliability and validity coefficients sufficiently high to make them appropriate for use by researchers or evaluators. Approximately 30 to 40 percent of the tests reported good raw score distribution characteristics and useful converted scores. Very few instruments had nationally representative norm samples or useful information for decision making about pupils. Given the quality of many "off-the-shelf" instruments, researchers and evaluators should have a variety of alternate measurement strategies at hand. (Author/MV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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