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ERIC Number: ED179581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Closer Look at Standardized Tests. Research Series No. 53.
Freeman, Donald; And Others
To help teachers in comparing the content of their instruction with the content of standardized tests, a taxonomy of elementary school mathematics was developed. The taxonomy consisted of matrix with three dimensions; (1) mode of presentation (how questions are asked); (2) nature of material (type of numbers or mathematical terms); and (3) operation (process required). The intersection of these three dimensions resulted in a matrix of 468 cells, each cell representing a topic that a teacher may elect to cover. The taxonomy was applied to the four most popular standardized tests of mathematics: the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT); the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS); the Metropolitan Achievement Tests (MAT); and the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills (CTBS). Because of the striking differences found between the four tests, teachers should deliberately select tests which best match the existing curriculum and/or reappraise the curriculum in terms of its match with test content. This match is crucial for diagnosing achievement gains and instructional strengths and weaknesses. (Author/CP)
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Teaching and Learning Div.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills; Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; Metropolitan Achievement Tests; Stanford Achievement Tests