ERIC Number: ED185126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Minimum Competency Testing Programs. Final Program Development Resource Document.
Gorth, William Phillip; Perkins, Marcy R.
This resource document represents the integration of both practice and theory related to minimum competency testing (MCT), and is largely based on information collected in a nationwide survey of MCT programs. Chapter 1, To Implement or Not to Implement MCT, by Marcy R. Perkins, presents a definition of MCT and a discussion of the perceived benefits and costs of a MCT program. Chapter 2, Defining Competencies, by Perkins, presents the basic elements in the process of defining competencies, and describes how current programs are dealing with those issues. Chapter 3, Test Selection and Development, by Michael Priestley, discusses the initial decision to select or develop tests, and procedures in test selection and development, including the establishment of test reliability and validity. Chapter 4 Setting Standards, by Paula M. Nassif, describes standard setting strategies, including judgments on items and judgments on examinees. Chapter 5, Integrating Testing with Instruction, by Mary F. Tobin, discusses approaches to using test results for remedial, diagnostic purposes or curriculum development. Chapter 6, Program Management, by William Phillip Gorth and Peter E. Schriber, presents strategies for planning and personnel needs and costs of a MCT program. Chapter 7, Dissemination, by Schriber and Gorth, focuses on dissemination within and about a MCT program. (BW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Competence, Diffusion, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Design, Minimum Competencies, Minimum Competency Testing, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Publicity, Standard Setting (Scoring), Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Selection, Test Validity, Testing Problems, Testing Programs, Validity
Publication Type: Reports - General; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW) Washington, DC. Office of Testing, Assessment, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: National Evaluation Systems, Inc., Amherst, MA.
Note: For related documents, see TM 800 350-352.