ERIC Number: ED190664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Selection and Evaluation of Tests. Director's Handbook: Topics in Testing, Measurement, and Evaluation.
Conway, Malcolm J.
An advisory committee representing counselors, curriculum specialists, students, teachers, and community members should participate in selecting standardized tests for school districts. These steps should be followed: (1) identify test purpose in relation to needs and objectives--diagnosis, placement, career guidance, program evaluation; (2) describe group to be tested, consider costs, and predetermine minimum acceptable levels of reliability and validity--a reliability coefficient of .80 and a validity coefficient of .50 are generally suggested cutoffs; (3) check sources of test reviews--Mental Measurements Yearbook and the companion Tests in Print, publishers' manuals, journals, textbooks, and consultants; (4) narrow the search; (5) evaluate the remaining tests against predetermined criteria; (6) conduct a pilot test; (7) submit recommendations to the school board; and (8) monitor testing program implementation. Four indicators of quality for criterion-referenced tests are suggested. (A needs assessment checklist, list of objectives, and test evaluation checklist are appended.) (CP)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Criterion Referenced Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Information Sources, Models, Needs Assessment, School Districts, Standardized Tests, Test Reliability, Test Selection, Test Validity, Testing Programs
State Department of Education, Division of Operations, Research and Evaluation, 225 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08625 (free)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.
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