ERIC Number: ED190625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Guidelines for Selecting Basic Skills and Life Skills Tests.
Anderson, Beverly L.; And Others
Before selecting an achievement test, it is essential to determine its purpose. There are eight purposes, relating to three educational decision making contexts: (1) instructional managerial (diagnosis, course placement, career guidance); (2) screening (selection and certification) and (3) programmatic (survey assessment, formative evaluation, summative evaluation). Test publishers and developers should report score consistency (reliability), validity, and logistics of administration. High reliability coefficients (.90-.99) are needed for screening; placement and guidance require a .80-.99 range; a lower range .70-.99 is acceptable for diagnosis and programmatic decisions. Teachers can determine validity by linking test content with their own predetermined instructional objectives, or with other tests and course grades. Publisher reported validity clusters around .90. Teachers and subject experts are the best validity judges of instructional and screening tests; administrators and teachers should judge validity for programmatic decisions. Scores can be referenced to a norm group or to instructional objectives. Logistics include thoroughness of instructions for administration, security, scoring, and costs. A list of 102 currently available tests, including achievement batteries, and tests of reading, mathematics, life skills, and language arts is appended. A publishers' directory and bibliography of test review sources are also appended. (CP))
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Admission Criteria, Basic Skills, Daily Living Skills, Educational Counseling, Educational Diagnosis, Educational Planning, Formative Evaluation, Guidelines, Student Certification, Student Placement, Summative Evaluation, Test Reliability, Test Selection, Test Validity, Testing
Northwest Regional Education Laboratory, 710 S.W. Second Ave., Portland, OR 97204 ($4.25).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Education Lab., Portland, OR. Clearinghouse for Applied Performance Testing.