ERIC Number: ED187768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Testing the Tests. National Consortium on Testing Staff Circular No. 1.
This paper discusses the quality of tests with respect to their different uses. Standardized tests are defined as standardized procedures for eliciting responses from individuals, and these form the basis for some sort of appraisal. They can include intelligence tests, achievement tests, school readiness tests, and self concept measures. Oscar Buros' Series of Mental Measurements Yearbooks include critical reviews of tests, but these test reviews represent many different viewpoints, making it difficult to form general conclusions. The University of California, Los Angeles' Center for the Study of Evaluation (CSE) has published a series of test evaluations. Their Elementary School Test Evaluations are described in detail, including the MEAN evaluation system's criteria for judging tests: measurement validity, examinee appropriateness, administrative usability, and normal technical excellence. A brief review of the CSE evaluations suggests that very few tests are judged to be of high quality on all four criteria. A two-page list of information sources is appended. (GDC)
Descriptors: Educational Testing, Elementary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Standardized Tests, Standards, Test Reviews, Testing Problems
Huron Institute, National Consortium on Testing Project, 123 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Consortium on Testing, Cambridge, MA.