ERIC Number: ED194598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Some Uses of Standardized Test Results. Director's Handbook Topics in Testing Measurement and Evaluation.
Travers, Eugene J.
The uses of standardized test results are discussed and various measurement terms are defined. Scores on criterion referenced tests are interpreted by relating performance to some predetermined criterion, whereas scores on norm-referenced tests are interpreted by comparing them with scores obtained by members of the group on which the test was normed. Standardized test results may be used for: (1) diagnosing learning difficulties; (2) detecting discrepancies between potential and achievement, e.g. scholastic aptitude tests (which are general in nature and measure one's ability to improve as a result of instruction) and achievement tests (which are specific in nature and tend to be used to evaluate an individual's status upon the completion of training); (3) assessing growth in academic achievement; (4) grouping students for instruction according to some attribute that may be measured (in conjunction with other sources of data such as cummulative records, report card grades, and teacher judgement); (5) planning instructional activities; and (6) determining reasonable achievement levels in order to modify the curriculum. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Operations, Research, and Evaluation.