ERIC Number: ED165117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
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A Framework for Analyzing Reading Test Characteristics. Technical Report No. 109.
Wardrop, James L.; And Others
To provide a structure for describing different approaches to testing, five dimensions along which reading tests may differ have been identified. They are: test uses, item generation, item revision, assessment of precision, and validation. Each dimension contains variations that reflect O.K. Buros's distinction between differentiation and measurement. These dimensions were used to profile representative reading comprehension tests. Only standardized, norm-referenced achievement tests, whose uses emphasize differentiation, were found to have an inference system consistent with those intended uses. No tests were found having inference systems consistent with such intended uses as certifying competence, diagnosing strengths and weaknesses, and tracking progress--uses that emphasize the measurement function of tests. Tests constructed using a domain-referenced approach would yield such an inference system and fill some gaps in the array of currently available measures of reading comprehension. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.