ERIC Number: ED195302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating Performances. Implementing Competency Based Education in Community Colleges, 4.
O'Reilly, Patrick A.; And Others
After introductory material examining student skepticism toward testing and outlining the major problems encountered by instructors in test construction and grading, this monograph explores the optimum use of testing and performance evaluations in competency-based vocational education programs. Background information is then presented, including as assessment of the differences between "testing" and "evaluation," an outline of the major purposes of evaluation, and a description of commonly used evaluation techniques and testing instruments. Problems in evaluation are then discussed, in relation to the development of valid test measures, the statistical reliability of testing instruments, and the difficulty of assessing affective skills. The monograph then provides suggestions for (1) assuring the relevance of evaluations by using appropriate testing techniques, establishing a realistic testing environment, and basing evaluations on articulated course objectives and actual job requirements; (2) insuring that evaluation results are useful to both students and instructors; (3) simplifying evaluations by using efficient procedures for instrument construction and correction; (4) avoiding common measurement problems such as identifiable answer patterns; (5) converting the results of competency-based evaluations to traditional grades; and (6) using alternatives to traditional grades. (JP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing. Higher Education Management Services.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg.
Note: For related documents, see JC 800 623-632.