ERIC Number: ED177226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Domain-Referenced Curriculum Evaluation: A Technical Handbook and a Case Study from the MINNEMAST Project. CSE Monograph Series in Evaluation, 1.
Hively, Wells; And Others
A technology for domain or criterion referenced testing was developed to evaluate the Minnesota Mathematics and Science Teaching Project (MINNEMAST) in grades K-6. The venture was influenced by the low achievement of MINNEMAST students on standardized tests. After instructional objectives were selected and operationally defined, corresponding test items for each course unit were developed. As the collection of items grew, they were arranged in formal tables called item forms. Item forms served two basic purposes: they obviated the need to store individual items, by substituting a set of written rules through which items could be generated when needed; and they enabled the relationships among items to be traced by specifying item characteristics, including stimulus and expected response, and instructions for administering and scoring. The test was actually an ordered set of items administered individually according to a matrix sampling design. Because each child received different item sets, there were as many tests as children sampled. Results were interpreted in terms of patterns of responses to item sets with related stimulus and response characteristics. (Recommendations for curriculum development and evaluation, sample item forms, and a sample interpretation of test results are included.) (CP)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Criterion Referenced Tests, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Testing, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Science, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Experimental Curriculum, Guides, Individual Testing, Item Banks, Item Sampling, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Test Items
Publication Type: Reports - General; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.